Get Out the Vote on October 7

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Oct. 2, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

An historic election to decide who will be governor of California for the next three years is on schedule for October 7. The huge fiscal challenges facing California will require a Governor with a mandate to make difficult and important decisions. For this reason, CMTA hopes voter turnout is high to ensure the successful candidate is a popular choice for California. Businesses in California can help “get out the vote” by sending the following message to their employees:

To: All Employees
Subject: Make It Your Business to Vote.

No matter what you think of the recall process, the costs or the candidates, it is important that you take the time to listen and learn about this historic election and exercise one of the most precious rights we share as citizens: the right to vote. California government, through its courts, its Legislature and its chief executive – the Governor – has a huge impact on your quality of life. Take the time to learn all you can about the candidates and the issues. Most of all, take the time to VOTE.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE OCTOBER 7

• Learn about the candidates’ positions on jobs and the economy
For a preview of the election and a comparison of the major candidates’ positions on issues like taxes, the budget, education, energy and health care, visit the politics section of major newspapers, such as www.sacbee.com/politics (The Sacramento Bee); http://www.latimes.com/news/politics (Los Angeles Times); www.sfgate.com/politics (San Francisco Chronicle); or www.signonsandiego.com (San Diego Union-Tribune).

• Review the initiatives on the October 7 ballot
There are several ways to learn about candidates and ballot measures. Your County Sample Ballot provides the location of your polling place, polling place hours and how to use the voting equipment in your county. The State Voter Information Guide provides information you need to know about statewide (including recall) candidates and ballot measures. The State Voter Information Guide is also available on-line at www.voterguide.ss.ca.gov.

• Take a look at who contributes to the candidates
Cal Access is an on-line tool that provides information on who is contributing campaign funds to support or oppose statewide candidates and ballot measures. Go on-line at http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov for more information.

• Visit the candidates’ websites for additional information
Most of the candidates running in the recall election have websites that contain detailed information on their platforms on key issues. Major candidate websites, for your information, are: www.no-recall.com (No on Recall); www.rescuecalifornia.com (Yes on Recall); www.noonrecallyesonbustamante.com (Cruz Bustamante); www.VOTECAMEJO.org (Peter Camejo); www.tommcclintock.com (Tom McClintock); www.joinarnold.com (Arnold Schwarzenegger). See your California Voter Information Guide for listings on the other candidates.

• Go to the Secretary of State's website
The Secretary of State's website at www.ss.ca.gov contains the latest information on candidates, issues, campaign contributions and last-minute changes in candidates.

• Talk to your family and friends about the election
This is an important election. The decisions you make in the voting booth are important and will make a difference in the quality of life for all Californians. Encourage your friends and all eligible members of your family to VOTE.

• Drop off your Absentee Ballot
Voted absentee ballots must be received in the Registrar of Voters’ Office or at any polling place in your county of residence by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

• Be sure you know your polling place
Your County Sample Ballot provides the location of your polling place and your polling place hours.

• VOTE on October 7
From the Secretary of State, the Honorable Kevin Shelley: “And, please remember, the Statewide Special Election on October 7, 2003, could very well be one of the most important ballots you ever cast. Don't forget to vote, and do what you can to remind your friends and family to make their voices heard on this historic day.”
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