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CBST Votes!

The CBST Social Justice team wants to make sure your vote counts this year! 

As most of the CBST community lives in NY, NJ or FL, we have detailed information for those states, with general information for the rest of the county (below).  Not all information is available yet; all Information is subject to change.

Election Season 2020

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. The ballot will include the President, one-third of Senate seats (none in NY or FL, one in NJ), and all seats in the House of Representatives. Go to Ballotpedia to see your local ballot and learn more about the candidates and their positions. (All information may not yet be available).

What you need to do right now

Check your registration and register to vote if necessary. The deadlines are coming up soon. We have detailed information and links for New York, New Jersey, Florida and other states.

If possible, vote early, in person*

For NY and FL, the CBST Social Justice Team recommends that voters request an absentee ballot now to use only if necessary, but plan to vote in person early.  

For NJ, which does not have early voting, we suggest you return the mail ballot all registered voters will be sent as early as possible.

*CBST strongly urges everyone to observe all possible COVID-19 precautions when traveling to a polling place or voting. Wear a mask and remain socially distanced. If you are a member of a high-risk group, do not hesitate to use a mail ballot returned without visiting a highly-trafficked location.

Mail Ballots

This year, the terms "absentee ballot" and "mail ballot" are virtually interchangeable. We will be using the term "mail ballot" to refer to any ballot other than one cast on a voting machine, whether the ballot is returned through the mail or delivered in person to a ballot drop box.

It is important that a mail ballot be filled out and the envelope be sealed exactly as instructed, or you run the risk of having your ballot invalidated. Once the mail ballots forms and their envelopes for NY, NJ and FL have been finalized, we will have a video on filling out the ballot and sealing the envelope correctly.

New York, New Jersey, Florida and many other states will have online portals to check if your ballot has been received and will be notifying voters if their mail ballots have been challenged or disqualified. See information for the individual states below. 

SPECIFIC VOTING INFORMATION FOR NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, FLORIDA AND OTHER STATES

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at vote@CBST.org or call the CBST Votes Hotline, 646.570.5645 (9 am to 9 pm daily). If you encounter any difficulty in registering or voting, we want to hear about it!

To get involved in CBST's broader voter registration and get-out-the vote programs, email Sabrina Farber.

Online Resources

Poll Workers are Needed

Many trained poll workers are older and at risk for Covid-19, and will not be able to work this election season. All states are looking for poll workers. They provide training and pay for your time.  Click here for more information in New York City, New York State, New Jersey.

The Poll Hero Project is recruiting thousands of college and high school students to be paid poll workers to help ensure election security at in-person voting sites. Power to the Polls is aiming to recruit 250,000 people to work the polls. 

What Else Can You Do?

Register New Voters.  Join Field Team 6  by partnering with local organizations to text and phone bank to register voters and return purged voters to the rolls.  Help register new voters by phonebanking with Indivisible. Help register young voters with Rock the Vote.

Get Out the Vote.  Write letters to inconsistent voters nationwide telling them why YOU vote and urging them to join you. You will need access to paper, a printer, envelopes and stamps. Click here for more info or contact Sabrina Farber.

Phone Bank to Voters of Color in States Historically Subject to Voter Suppression. Reclaim Our Vote has data showing that 60-80% of those contacted, in person or by voicemails, actually vote. The calls are non-partisan, and you can set your own hours, between 9 am and 9 pm in the target states. Click here to sign up for a one-hour mandatory training, every Monday at 7:30 pm ET.

SPECIFIC VOTING INFORMATION BY STATE

NEW YORK

On the Ballot in NY

In addition to the national races, all of the seats in the New York State Senate and Assembly are on the ballot. This is not an election year for New York City offices, which will be contested in 2021 (Mayor, City Council, etc.) You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in NY

Confirm your registration here.  If you're not registered, you can register online here. The deadline for voter registration is October 9th.

Mail Ballots in NY

You can request a mail ballot here. NYC voters can confirm their ballot request was received here. Mail ballots will be mailed in late September. Being sent a mail ballot does not preclude voting in person, as long as you have not yet submitted your mail ballot.

You can return your ballot via mail, at a ballot drop box inside an early polling location or election day polling place, at your Board of Elections office or at ballot drop boxes outside of polling places. Ballot drop box locations are determined by county. We will post links with information on ballot drop box locations as soon as it becomes available. Ballot tracking will be available here.  Further details on voting by mail are available on the NY Board of Elections website.

Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person. The Election Law recognizes that plans change. The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any absentee ballot. If the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted.

Early Voting in NY

You can vote early in New York from October 24th to November 1st. Information on NYC early voting polling places will be available here. Information outside of New York is available on a county-by-county basis. Here are the links for Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties. For other locations click here.

NYC early voters need to go to their own assigned early polling place. Outside NYC early voters can go to any early voting polling place in their county. Your early voting polling place will almost certainly be different than your Election Day polling place and is likely to be further from you.

Election Day Voting in NY

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Locate your Election Day polling place here.

Our Recommendations for New York Voters

Request a mail ballot now and determine your early voting polling place as soon as that information is posted.  We recommend you vote early, in person, if at all possible. As a back-up plan, you can bring a completed mail ballot with you. If you get to the early polling place and determine you do not wish to wait in line to vote on the voting machine, you can drop your mail ballot in the drop box. If you know you will not be able to to vote in person, return your ballot by mail as soon as possible. Please do not wait until Election Day to vote in person. We foresee very long lines on November 3rd!

NEW JERSEY

On the Ballot in NJ

In addition to the Presidential race, all seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate seat currently held by Cory Booker will be on the ballot. You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in NJ

Confirm your registration hereIf you're not registered, you can register online here. The deadline for registration is October 13th.

Mail Ballots in NJ

All registered NJ voters will be sent mail ballots in late September. Being sent a mail ballot does not preclude voting in person on Election Day,

You can return your ballot via mail, at a ballot drop box inside your election day polling place, at your Board of Elections office or at ballot drop boxes. Drop box locations, determined by county, can be found here. Further information is available here.

You can set up an account with the NJ Board of Elections in order to track your ballot.  You can do so here.

Early Voting in NJ

There is no early voting in New Jersey this year.

Election Day Voting in NJ

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Locate your Election Day polling place here.

Our Recommendations for NJ Voters

All registered New Jersey voters will be sent a mail ballot. Check your registration now to make sure you'll be receiving one. Complete and return your mail ballot as soon as possible.

FLORIDA

On the Ballot in FL

In addition to the national races, all seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in FL

Confirm your registration hereIf you're not registered, you can register online here. The deadline for registration is October 5th.

Mail Ballots in FL

You can request a mail ballot here. The deadline to request a mail ballot is October 24th. Mail ballots will be mailed in late September. Being sent a mail ballot does not preclude voting in person, but you must return your mail ballot at the time you vote in person.

You can return your ballot via mail, at a ballot drop box inside an early voting location or election day polling place, at your Board of Elections office or at ballot drop boxes outside of polling places. Drop box locations can be found by county here. Further details on voting by mail are available here.  

You can sign up for an account with the FL Department of State to track your ballot here.  

Early Voting in FL

You can vote early in Florida from October 24th to October 31st. You will be able to find your early voting location here, after October 4th.  Your early voting polling place will almost certainly be different than your Election Day polling place and is likely to be further from you.

Election Day Voting in FL

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Locate your Election Day polling place here.

Our Recommendations for Florida Voters

Request a mail ballot now, and determine your early voting polling place when that information is posted on October 4th.  We recommend you vote early, in person, if at all possible. As a back-up plan, you can bring a completed mail ballot with you. If you get to the early polling place and determine you do not wish to wait in line to vote, you can drop your mail ballot in the drop box. If you know you will not be able to vote in person, return your ballot by mail as soon as possible. Please do not wait until Election Day to vote in person. We foresee very long lines on November 3rd.

OTHER STATES

On the Ballot in Other States

In addition to the national races, there are various state and local races.  You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in Other States

Confirm your registration or register online through I Will Vote.

Voting in Other States.

Voting varies widely from state to state. Some states have early voting, some vote wholly by mail. Go to  I Will Vote to find information and links, or search for "Voting in (State)."

Our Recommendations for Voters in Other States

Request a mail ballot now, and determine your early voting polling place when that information is posted.  We recommend you vote early, in person, if at all possible. As a back-up plan, you can bring a completed mail ballot with you. If you get to the early polling place and determine you do not wish to wait in line to vote, you can drop your mail ballot in the drop box. If you know you will not be able to vote in person, return your ballot by mail as soon as possible. Please do not wait until Election Day to vote in person. We foresee very long lines on November 3rd.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ELECTION 2020

Vote in Person — Early — If Possible

CBST's Social Justice Leadership Team strongly recommend that voters in New York, Florida and other states where in-person early voting is avaiable, vote in person, using the early voting option. Although your early-voting location is likely to be farther from home than your election day location, it's almost certain to be less crowded and faster. And by voting in person, you guarantee that your vote will be counted in the early tally.

In this election season the final vote tally may take days, weeks or even months due to the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots expected, the report of voting results on election night will set the stage for the inevitable challenges, rhetoric and posturing.

Especially in terms of the popular vote in the presidential election, the election night tally will be vitally important. Ballots cast in person will count in this tally. Mail-in ballots will generally not count in this tally. In addition, mail-in ballots are much more likely to be challenged than votes cast in person.

It is also likely that given the impact of Covid, including reduced staffing at polling places, fewer polling places, and the difficulty of crowd-control measures on election day for social distancing, Election Day voting will be chaotic at best.

Of course, if you are concerned about travel or crowds, and/or you fall into a high risk category, you should consider voting by mail. If you plan to vote by mail, request an absentee ballot now and return it as soon as possible.

If you have any question as to how you'll cast your vote you should request an absentee ballot now, so you can use it if necessary.