Don't Ghost the Vote!
It’s that spooky time of the year… election season. Starting today, you can vote in-person in OC (and many other places). The nearest location for most students is the Student Center Ballrooms, which is now open. Voting early helps you avoid long lines to cast your vote. Here is how you can vote.
Polls in OC open today, Oct 30th from 8 am-8 pm. They will remain open until election day Nov 3rd, 7 am-8 pm
For OC residents: UCI Student Center Ballroom, just below the Panda Express and Mesa Bridge, or any vote center you can find here
For CA residents: find your polling place here
For out of state residents: find your polling place here
How do I vote?
You can drop off your mail ballot (and skip the line) without needing to do anything else. If you would like to vote in person, need assistance with voting from poll clerks, or need a new ballot, you will have to:
- Wait in line.
- Check-in with poll clerks by providing name, signature (must be similar to official government signature!), and ID if necessary.
- They will direct you to a voting machine. Bubble in the candidates you support and hit submit. The poll clerks can help if needed!
What should I bring?
- A face mask
- A water bottle
- An ID if necessary (CA only requires your ID if it’s your first time voting in some cases. CA accepts your UCI ID, passport, driver’s license, utility bill, voter cards, and more. Some states vary.)
Help! I forgot to register to vote!
That’s (probably) okay! In California, vote centers offer same-day voter registration. Just let the poll clerks know when you check-in, and they will take care of you! Other states may vary with voter registration.
What can I do to learn more about the propositions and local candidates?
I already voted by mail. Did it count?
You can check your mail ballot status, and if it was accepted, by going to this official website.
What more can I do to help?
The biggest indicator of whether someone votes is if a friend helps them. Reaching out to 5 friends and texting them “hey! Have you voted yet?” can make a big difference!!
I have another voting question!
I’m here to help! Feel free to email Josh at email@example.com with any further voting questions.
The next week or two may be a little bit hectic with the election. We may not even know who the winner of the presidential election is until a few days afterward. So, it’s important to stay alert, but also to prioritize your mental health. Take time to yourself-- away from the news-- if needed, and reach out to friends or the UCI counseling center. Together, we'll get through whatever happens.
--ASUCI Office of the External Vice President