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UC I DECIDE 2018: Information Guide for UCI Students

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Hello Anteaters! This information guide is brought to you by the ASUCI Office of the External VP. Below you will find information about voter registration and voting. You will also find information about polling locations on campus, provisional voting, and how to find your polling location.

This election, ASUCI’s Office of the External Vice President aims to register more than 4,000 students of the undergraduate body to vote through our UC-I-Decide voter engagement efforts. If you are willing and able register to vote through California University and College Ballot Bowl

DATES TO REMEMBER!

  • Wednesday, October 10:
    First day to vote-by-mail

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018:

    Fall Civic Engagement Fair

    10am-3pm @ Student Center Terrace/Ring

    Fall Civic Engagement Forum

    5pm-7pm @ Emerald Bay

  • Monday, October 22, 2018:

    Last day to register to vote, online or by mail

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018:
    Last day to apply to vote-by-mail

    Early Voting & Same Day Voter Registration at UCI!
    7am-8pm @ UCI flagpoles

  • Tuesday, November 6:

    Deadline to receive vote-by-mail ballots

    Election Day!!

VOTING ON NOVEMBER 6TH

If you are registered to vote, we highly recommend voting at your assigned polling location.
Your name will be on that location’s roster of voters and you will receive the correct ballot that pertains to your assigned precinct (which is based on your home address).

How to Find Your Polling Location:

  • If you’re registered in Orange County, California, visit this link: OC Vote.
  • If you’re registered at a different county in California, visit: CA Secretary of State and search for your county.
  • If you’re registered outside of California, visit your state’s Secretary of State website.
  • The address of your polling place is also on the back page of the sample ballot booklet that your county elections official mailed to you.
  • Click here for on campus locations

Vote-By-Mail Voters

If you’re registered to vote-by-mail, you may drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at any polling location in your county, regardless of whether it is your assigned location.

May I vote at a polling place other than where I am assigned?

Even if your name is not on the voter list at the polling place, you have the right to vote with a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted only after the elections official has confirmed you are a registered voter and you did not vote anywhere else in that election.

Resources

  • Official Voter Guide on Propositions by the University of California Student Association
  • Take a quiz on the ISideWith for a personalized voter guide for the Midterm Election
  • Voter’s Edge California by League of Women Voters for more information on the ballot and candidates
  • Ballotpedia for a Sample Ballot and information on candidates and propositions

 

Common Questions About Voter Registration

You must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • A California resident.
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day.
  • Not currently in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

If you are 16 or 17 years of age you can pre-register to vote, but you will not be able to vote in the upcoming November 6, 2018 Election.

If you are 17 years of age and will be 18 or older by November 6, 2018, you can register and vote in the General Election.
  • By mailing in a completed voter registration form, which you may pick up at the ASUCI Office in G244 Student Center
  • Online through the made-for-UC-students registration website: www.castudentvote.org.

You must be registered to vote (if you are mailing it in, the registration form must be postmarked) no more than 15 days before the election. To vote in the general election this November 6, 2018, you must be registered by Monday, October 22, 2018, which is during week 4.

If you are registered in California, you may check your voter registration status here: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/.

If you are registered in a different state, go to www.google.com and search: “Check your voter registration status [insert your state name here].”

Voter registration forms give you the option of registering with the:

  • American Independent Party (*note: registering with this party is not the same as being an Independent voter*)
  • Democratic Party
  • Green Party,
  • Libertarian Party
  • Peace and Freedom Party
  • Republican Party,
  • Or you may fill in your own party.

You also have have the option to select “No Party Preference” (i.e. to register as an Independent voter).

In the state of California, the Republican Party holds closed primaries, meaning that anyone who is not registered with the Republican Party cannot vote in the Republican primary. The Democratic Party does allow Independent voters to vote in the Democratic primary (along with registered Democrats), but Independents cannot vote for Democratic presidential candidates.

During the midterm election, you may vote for any candidate regardless of your party preference.

  • Middle Earth: (Building #) E. Peltason Dr. (Room #)  Irvine, CA 92617
  • Mesa Court: (Building #) Mesa Rd. (Room #)  Irvine, CA 92617
  • Arroyo Vista: (Mailbox #) Arroyo Dr.  Irvine, CA 92617
  • Campus Village: (Building #) W. Peltason Dr.  Apt. (Apartment Letter)  Irvine, CA 92617
  • VDC: (Apartment Number) Arroyo Dr.  Irvine, CA 92617
  • VDC Norte: (Apartment Number) Arroyo Dr.  Irvine, CA 92617
  • Puerta del Sol: (Apartment Number) Adobe Cir.  Irvine, CA 92617
  • Camino del Sol: (Apartment Number) Arroyo Dr.  Irvine, CA 92617

Common Questions About Voting

  • People ages of 18-35 make up the largest voting bloc in CA. [Source]
  • People ages of 18-35 make up the most diverse generation in CA. [Source]
  • Voting is one important, impactful way of creating change in your communities.
  • Voting in this general election is more than just voting for the next U.S. President; there are going to be 17 initiatives on the California ballot this year – all which address a variety of crucial issues.
  • The outcome of many local elections (city council, mayoral, state senator, state assembly, etc.) are often decided by less than 100 votes (smaller than the size of a lecture hall!).
  • The California Senatorial Race is going to be a historic election in California history.
  • This year, the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 during Week 6.

When you register to vote, your voter registration form will ask you to indicate whether you would like to receive vote-by-mail ballots.

If you choose to vote by mail, your ballot will be sent to your mailbox beginning October 10, 2018. You may fill out your entire ballot at home.

You may return it in two ways:

  1. Send it back in the return envelope (making sure that it is postmarked on or anytime before Election Day and received no later than 3 days after election day).
  2. Drop it off at any polling location on Election Day.

You may apply to vote-by-mail here.

The deadline to apply to vote-by-mail is Tuesday, October 30, 2018, during week 5.

You may apply to vote-by-mail here.

If you have already registered to vote in California, you may find your polling location by visiting this link: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

If you re-registered this year, you should have received a voter confirmation card in the mail and/or a voter information pamphlet with your polling location specified in the documents.

If you registered in a different state, you may find your polling location by viewing your county’s registrar. Not sure what county you live in? Simply enter your zip code with the U.S. Census Bureau or call the voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.

Currently, you may only cast a regular ballot at the polling location to which you have been assigned. However, you may cast a provisional ballot on Election Day at any polling location in the county in which you are registered to vote. If you fill out a mail-in ballot, you may drop it off at any polling location on Election Day.

However, because it may take WEEKS for your provisional ballot to be counted, we HIGHLY recommend only voting at your assigned polling location. 

YES. If you are voting-by-mail and would like to drop off your ballot, these are great locations where you may drop them off. If you live on campus and registered at your on-campus address, your locations may likely be:

  • Mesa Court Community Center, 4053 Mesa Rd.
  • University Hills Community Center, 1083 California Ave.
  • Verano Place Commons, 6529 Adobe Circle Rd.
  • Camino Del Sol, 33000 Arroyo Dr.

If you prefer to vote in person at the polling location, please VERIFY that one of these addresses are your assigned polling location first. You may do so here: https://www.ocvote.com/registration/verify-your-voter-registration/