Get Ready, Get Registered & Get Counted-All you Need to Know about Voting!

Countdown to November 6th 2018 Election Begins

You’re seeing the ads on television, hearing celebrities nationwide tell you how important your vote is this November, but you think, here in the Bay area all my elected officials are progressive. Well, yes, we’re lucky we have the wonderful Barbara Lee in Congress. Our US Senators have shown up for us at the Judiciary-Kavanaugh hearings, Senators Harris and Feinstein, but

Did you know that Dianne Feinstein has a serious challenger, California Senate leader Kevin de Leon?

De Leon is the guy who has led our state to being a national model of resistance-passing a state sanctuary law, ground breaking climate change legislation, restoring net neutrality and putting funding into housing, homelessness prevention, education and infrastructure improvements, particularly our roadways. He represents the future of our party. As the son of an immigrant mom, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.   kdl_women

Beyond that, we have crucial elections in Oakland, where women of color with proven track records are running to move Oakland forward without leaving its hardworking residents- working families, small businesses, artists and youth- behind. Check out: and  for more info on these races.

Voter Registration Deadline is October 22nd

The voter registration deadline is always 15 days before an election. For this November’s election, the date online or postmarked by, falls on October 22, 2018. You can register online in 10 languages–

How Do I Register to Vote?

To register to vote you must complete a voter registration application on paper or online at When you register online, the system will search the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database for your California driver license or identification card number, date of birth, and last four digits of your social security number. If your information is found and you authorize elections officials’ use of your DMV signature, an electronic image of your DMV signature will be added to your voter registration application after you click “submit” at the end of the online application. If there is no signature on file with DMV, all of your information will be transmitted to your county elections office; you will just need to click “print,” sign the paper application, and mail it. Your county elections official will contact you when your voter registration application is approved or if more information is needed to confirm your eligibility.

If you’ve been convicted of a felony you can still vote!

Your voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote. More on this below:

Nationwide, about 6 million Americans can’t vote as a result of a felony conviction. About half have fully completed their sentences, another quarter are in the community under probation or parole supervision, and a quarter are still incarcerated.”

Am I already registered to vote?

To find out if you are currently registered to vote, please refer to My Voter Status.

What should I do if I have just moved within California?

Your voter registration record should always reflect your current residence. If your move is permanent, you can update your California residence address by re-registering online or by submitting a paper voter registration application.

Will I need to bring identification?

In most cases, California voters are not required to show identification at their polling place. However, it is a good idea to bring identification with you when you vote for the first time. A poll worker may ask to see your identification if you mailed your voter registration application and did not include your driver license number, California identification number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.



Where to Find more Info–What is on your Ballot?

Always check out Smart Voter where you’ll find all your candidates, props and that you have to vote to confirm California judges to the District and Supreme Courts, yikes!

Candidates get to post their campaign statements, photos, and other info for free which you can access there.  Just pop in your zip code.

League of Women Voters on State Propositions

The Berkeley League page is very useful for local Berkeley elections, the Oakland League’s website, not so much.  The League of Women Voters of the Bay Area will be able to post pros and cons of props but it’s still a bit early.

If you check my Drake Talk Oakland facebook page, I’ll continue to post voter guides. Please like and follow that page for info as it comes out.

In a Democracy, Voting is the Least You Can Do!

In the meantime please sign up to work for a candidate or measure you support. You can go door to door, answer phones, collate flyers, and contribute funds. If you just want to help Democratic candidates get elected, you can donate through

Or get involved with a group that is influencing Congressional and Senate elections. There are many:    CA_congressional_districts_v4

Swing Left East Bay–

Indivisable East Bay–

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Flip Rural Nevada-


And my own Wellstone Democratic Club–

Remember that when you register, your information will be made available to candidates and committees for measures. When they call you or come to your door, can you thank them for volunteering (few are paid) their time to get their candidate or measure voted in? This is real grassroots campaigning–and it is necessary to win. But if You’re not feeling gracious, please don’t be unkind. Whatever you do-put your feet, your money or your voice-where your heart is. You are needed and we here at Drake Talk appreciate you.   20181002_150732

2 Comments on "Get Ready, Get Registered & Get Counted-All you Need to Know about Voting!"

  1. Allene Warren | October 3, 2018 at 5:17 am | Reply


    Thanks for this detailed “all you need to know” about the upcoming election and the importance of voting. I only hope those that need to be awakened- will be. .

  2. Thanks for such a detailed and complete summary. I’m putting on my FB page. I wonder if you have any other readers who do not live in the US? Registering from abroad is easy and absolutely necessary this year.

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