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Let's Get Out the Vote!

What would our government look like if everyone who was eligible to vote did so? Help us register voters this summer, and learn more about our voter-education campaign this fall.

Have you heard? There’s an election coming up in November!

So that got us thinking — what would Alameda County, the state of California, and the whole United States look like if everyone who could vote did?

With that in mind, we are excited to kick off our first ever voter registration and education drive!

Many of our 275 member agencies serve underrepresented communities with historically low voter turnout. But the Alameda County Community Food Bank and our agencies are trusted in the communities we serve. We have the power to ensure our clients are well-represented at the polls.

In partnership with many of our agencies and volunteer advocates, we will register voters at food distribution sites throughout Alameda County. Our committed agencies and volunteers will work hard to make sure everyone they serve that is eligible to vote will be registered in the next election.

Part of that will be educating people about why they should vote. To that end, we will also educate voters. This year is especially important — California’s ballot will include 11 ballot initiatives which will effect all of us.

We will host a candidate forum for several local races, as well as sessions to help people better understand the ballot initiatives they will be asked to decide.

We will be successful--with your help.

Step 1: Are you registered? Have you moved lately, and need to update your registration? Click here to check!

Step 2: Volunteer to collect voter registrations in September and October, especially on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 25. Please contact Cat Burton, eburton@accfb.org, 510-635-3663-ext 307 if you can help Get Out the Vote!

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Albert Rubio August 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I don't have my mind made up on the topic. I just expected a better answer than what was given. There is a long history of voter suppression and many arbitrary rules have been used to accomplish this. It is important to measure fraud and where it is happening to be able to judge the case. the amount of fraud does not seem alarming according to the opinion article, " In recent years [how many years?], my office has secured more than 50 voter fraud convictions." What is needed is scientific and statistical information. Lastly for your info, I am not on the left, nor on the so called right. I am a Classical Liberal (Libertarian). The part that concerns me most is the trend towards requiring state or national id's.
W August 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Oh yes there will be lines very long lines! It isn't illegal in this free country to make it harder for people to cast their vote. In response to the 2008 election results, Ohio Republicans drastically curtailed the early voting period in 2012 from thirty-five to eleven days, with no voting on the Sunday before the election, when African-American churches historically rally their congregants to go to the polls. (Ohio was one of five states to cut back on early voting since 2010.) Voting rights activists subsequently gathered enough signatures to block the new voting restrictions and force a referendum on Election Day. In reaction, Ohio Republicans repealed their own bill in the state legislature, but kept a ban on early voting three days before Election Day (a period when 93,000 Ohioans voted in 2008), adding an exception for active duty members of the military, who tend to lean Republican. (The Obama campaign is now challenging the law in court, seeking to expand early voting for all Ohioans). http://www.thenation.com/blog/169284/ohio-early-voting-cutbacks-disenfranchise-minority-voters
Voter with an ID September 05, 2012 at 10:42 PM
W. here's another voter fraud story for you, hot off the presses. http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Ark-lawmaker-pleads-guilty-to-election-charge/qjc8PtXwfkC8frDCgwLNrg.cspx Of course, it's just a minority of dems perpetrating these crimes....keep chanting that mantra. These are just the one's being caught...what about all the others?
Camaro on Cinderblocks October 21, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Dublin schools placing new computers in classrooms for back to school night only to remove them the next day. This was reported by Dublin teachers at the last school board meeting. Why?
Don November 03, 2012 at 02:58 AM
A lady Democtatic was arrested today in Las Vegas for voting three times. I wonder who for.

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