Secretary Padilla and AG Becerra to Hold Voting Rights and Civic Engagement Press Conference in LA
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Secretary Padilla and AG Becerra to Hold Voting Rights and Civic Engagement Press Conference in LA

September 16, 2019

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thank you all for coming this morning my name is Alex Fabia proud to serve as
California Secretary of State’s and also proud to be joined this morning by
Attorney General Xavier Becerra with a very important message to voters we know
that we’re living in too often a tense political environment right now and as
so many people are preparing for the November 6th election just five days
from now we have an important reminder for all voters in California about the
voters Bill of Rights across the state millions of Californians are already
filling out their ballot and preparing to either return them by mail or casting
them early depending on the county that they live in and certainly millions of
California voters will show up on Election Day this Tuesday November 6th
regardless of a voters preferred method it’s important to have make sure that
every voters understands their rights when they choose to participate in our
democracy so we’ll be reviewing the voters Bill of Rights that you see here
on this board and which will also be posted in every polling place in
California and is also included in the voter information guide that is
distributed to every household with a registered voter in the state of
California so what are some of these rights that every voter is guaranteed in
the state of California well first of all if you’re eligible and registered to
vote you have the right to cast your ballot it sounds overly simplistic but
it is profoundly profoundly important you also have the right to cast your
ballot even if your name does not appear on the roster when you show up to votes
the procedure to follow in that particular instance is to cast a
provisional ballot it let me address something that remains a misconception
to too many Californians yes provisional ballots are reviewed by
county elections officials and once an individual’s registration is confirmed
that ballast that ballot is counted and counts the same as any other ballot
that’s cast another important right in this one particularly as we expect a
very good turnout next Tuesday the polls close at 8 o’clock the open at 7 a.m.
and they close at 8 p.m. if you as a voter are in line come 8:00 o’clock you
have the right to cast your ballot regardless of how long it takes those
poll workers to finish serving anybody who’s in line by 8 p.m. on Election Day
every voter has the right to cast their secret ballot without anyone
intimidating you without anyone harassing you without anyone trying to
tell you how to vote you also have the right to request a new ballot if you’ve
made a mistake or for whatever reason need a replacement ballot as long as you
haven’t cast one already you have the right to request to request assistance
in completing your ballot from anybody you choose except for your employer or
union representative every voter in California has the right to have ballot
and election information in their language of preference even if it’s a
language other than English and you also have the right to ask questions of
Elections officials about Elections procedures every voter has the right to
report any illegal or fraudulent activity that they may observe or
they’re concerned about – the Secretary of State’s office and also I’ll make a
point to share the following in 2016 we saw that social media platforms were
exploited but those seeking to confuse voters in California and across the
country or to somehow undermine confidence in life
systems in California and throughout the country so this week my office lost our
vote shirt initiative to encourage voters to be vigilant about potential
misinformation or disinformation that they may come across and to utilize our
new web portal vulture dot s o SC a govt because it is the Secretary of State’s
office or your local County Elections Office that is the reliable dependable
official accurate nonpartisan source of information on when and how you can
exercise your right to vote this web portal provides information about your
voter registration status you can verify it there you can secure your polling
place information if you need to know where to go vote
you can become informed on early voting opportunities many counties offer now an
opportunity to vote even prior to election day and this portal also
provides a link to the voters Bill of Rights so every voter clearly
understands their right when they prepare to go vote you know in addition
to that a few days ago my office emailed directly all registered voters who had
submitted an email address when they registered to votes a link to these
important resources and other helpful elections information the bottom line
when it comes to election security is that voters should be on alert to if you
see something suspicious say something say something to the Secretary of
State’s office say something to your local County elections office and
finally a reminder for people who must work on Election Day
California voters have the right to paid time off from work on Election Day to be
able to cast their ballot so if your schedule makes it difficult to get to
the polls before your your work shift or after your work shift you have the right
to take some time off of work without losing pay to be able to cast your
ballot we hope that these collections of rights
and resources get us to the point where there is no excuse
we all have to vote especially in the politically charged environment that we
find ourselves in this election is critical so don’t be discouraged from
casting your ballot know your rights and remember our democracy works best when
as many people as possible exercise their right to vote
so get informed make a plan and regardless of your preferred method
make sure you cast your ballot for this November general election
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election so with that I want to thank all for being here before we open up the
questions I certainly want to give the platform to the Attorney General of the
state of California my partner in protecting all of our legal rights civil
rights voting rights in the state of California have a bracero to Secretary of State Alex Padilla I
want to say thank you very much for coming together as partners once again
it is important that Californians understand that we are here to talk
about the importance of the vote and the importance of protecting your vote we
want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote understands that this
is a time to cast their vote and it is true that as Secretary of State by the I
said there is a partnership here it’s an important partnership because we work
together to make sure that we protect every American citizens right to vote
here in the state of California we will undertake whatever legal efforts are
necessary in this partnership the Secretary of State’s office and the
attorney general’s office of California to make sure that no one is deprived of
their right to vote and everyone feels comfortable exercising that right voting
for all of us should be a cornerstone right in this democracy and in our state
protecting this most sacred right as I said has to be a team effort secretary
state by the and I are in this together not just because it’s part of our
responsibilities as state officials but probably more so because we both learned
the importance of voting from our parents our parents were hardworking
immigrants who took nothing for granted least of all the right to vote we
believe when we say west revolto Esmond West Davos our vote is our voice is
powerful so we’re making sure that every eligible Californian has a chance to
make his or her voice heard and counted on November 6th on election day a team
of more than a dozen attorneys from the attorney general’s office along with our
administrative staff will be standing ready to support the Secretary of State
and his until the last polls close on Election
Day our election day teams are located in six offices throughout the state of
California Sacramento San Francisco Oakland Fresno Los Angeles San Diego if
needed they will provide a central legal support if any issue must go to court
before a judge right away and so we hope that everyone understands Secretary of
State buddy has said make a difference make your vote count recognize your
power in our democracy and participate I also want to say in light of the news
that we’re hearing today this morning of vandalism of the Beth
Jacob synagogue in Irvine a few additional words that I think must be
said first coming on the heels of the horrific tragedy that occurred in
Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue where so many people were gunned down
several injured including law enforcement we have to speak up we have
to explain that in a civilized society that we do not stand for that we will
not stand for that and I hope that we can together locked arm-in-arm convey a
message that we are much better than that and that in this election year and
on November 6 we will send a very powerful powerful message we must
condemn unambiguously the unconscionable vandalism that was just directed at the
Beth Beth Jacob synagogue in Irvine we must make it clear that hate crimes must
never find safe harbor anywhere in America and we must make it clear that
attack on one of us is an attack on all of us we stand ready with our fellow law
enforcement authorities as they investigate this crime that
occurred in Irvine and hopefully we’ll bring these perpetrators to justice but
perhaps given that November 6 is upon us the most powerful weapon we can convey
to our citizenry that we have in our possession to fight against hate lies
and intimidation is our vote with our vote we can put down those who would use
violence those who would use terror those who would use lies to try to
overwhelm us to scare us our vote it becomes very powerful and so given all
the tumultuous times that we’re experiencing I hope people understand
that our vote can be our voice to respond to what we are saying
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and i think it’s in that spirit that i’ll show the following in the passage
and signing of the federal Voting Rights Act in 1965 President Johnson referred
to the right to vote as the right that protects all other rights we into a lot
of rights as citizens of the United States of America freedom of speech
freedom of assembly on and on and on and yes including freedom of religion but it
is a right to vote that engages the office of citizen as the mo most
important office of the land in ensuring and protecting all of our other rights
please exercise your right to vote and last but not least a me announce the
Secretary of State’s office does establish a voter hotline each and every
election it is open now and will be very busy on Election Day but if you have
questions if you have concerns anybody in the state of California can call
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