Taking Action in the 2020 Election

As we approach an historic election on November 3, UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies is committed to supporting students, staff, and faculty to participate in the electoral process by teaching about the election, voting, mobilizing others to vote, and protecting the right to vote.  

We hope you will follow Our Voting Timeline and use the resources below to take action.  

1) Create your own Voting Plan

2) Learn about the California Propositions

3) Teach about the election in K-12 Classrooms

4) Participate in Voter Mobilization, Education, Support, and Protection

1) Create your own Voting Plan

Amid the pandemic and tense political times, it is more important than ever to vote. Make a plan for when and how you will vote.  Create reminders.  Be sure you are registered to vote, know where to drop off your ballot or how to vote by mail. If you vote by mail, track your ballot.  If you are going to vote in person, know where your voting place is, how you are going to get there, and how to stay healthy and safe while voting.

Here are some great resources to help you make your plan to Vote: 

Bruins Vote

City of Los Angeles: LA Votes

Los Angeles County:  Every Vote In

Los Angeles Times:  How to Vote in California

 

 

2) Learn about the California Propositions

There are 12 Propositions on the California ballot.  The Los Angeles Times and Cal Matters provide summaries of each proposition (with explanatory videos).  

For more on Proposition 15–which has big implications for California public schools–check out the summary from Ed Source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3) Teach about the Election in K-12 Classrooms

MOTIVATING INFORMED & SAFE VOTERS, LEADE

Leveraging Equity and Access in Democratic Education, UCLA and UCR 

Lessons for high school and middle school classrooms about: 

1) Understanding the California Propositions (particularly Prop 15).

2) Developing a voting plan with family members or neighbors.  

Resource

TEACH THE ELECTION, California History and Social Sciences Project  

One of many Subject Matter Projects administered by the University of California

https://chssp.ucdavis.edu/resources/election

4) Participate in Voter Mobilization, Education, Support, and Protection

LA County Election Workers

Sponsor:  LA County

NOTE:  These are paid positions

An election worker is an essential component to every polling place location on Election Day. There are two different types of election workers: Inspectors and Clerks. While Inspectors serve as supervisors for the polling locations, Clerks assist with a variety of conventional tasks. Both are paid a stipend for their time. Polling place locations typically staff four to six election workers on Election Day.  Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply! Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Armenian, Chinese, Thai, and Khmer speakers needed. 

https://lacounty.gov/government/elections-voting/become-a-pollworker/

Join Million Voters Project in Mobilizing New and Infrequent Voters in California

Million Voters Project, Coalition of Grassroots CBOs w/ Racial and Social Justice Agendas

The goal of the Million Voters Project is to transform the California Electorate by mobilizing one million new and infrequent voters to the polls around an agenda of equity and inclusion. The 

The Million Voters Project is an alliance of 7 community-driven state and regional networks working to strengthen and expand democracy:  Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Asian Pacific Islanders for Civic Empowerment, California Calls, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of California (CHIRLA), Power California, PICO California and the Orange County Civic Engagement Table. 

https://www.mobilize.us/millionvotersproject/

Phone Banking with InnerCity Struggle 

InnerCity Struggle is a CBO in east Los Angeles and part of Million Voters Project

Inform voters about Prop 15!

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 5-7:30 in October

https://www.mobilize.us/millionvotersproject/event/323905/

Phone Banking with Community Coalition 

Community Coalition is a CBO in south Los Angeles and part of Million Voters Project

Inform voters about Prop 15!

Thursdays and Fridays 6-8pm in October

https://www.mobilize.us/millionvotersproject/event/329422/

Phone or Text Banking with Asian Americans Advancing Justice 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national civil rights organization

Make sure Asian Pacific Islanders nation-wide can access and complete their ballots!

bit.ly/API-phonebank

Write Letters to Voters through Vote Forward

Sponsor:  Vote Forward, Non-partisan

Send personal letters to increase voter turnout among under-represented groups

Join the Big Send to help get letters to 15 million voters – letters must be mailed by October 17

https://votefwd.org/

Texting with When We All Vote

Sponsor:  When we all vote, Non-partisan

Co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw,

Send texts with this non-partisan, nation-wide effort to provide voters with information they need to vote.

When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.

https://www.whenweallvote.org/texting/

Protect the Vote, Stop Voter Suppression

Sponsor:  Common Cause Education Fund, Non partisan and non-profit

We’ll help you find the best way to get involved — whether that’s monitoring polling places (from your vehicle, or with proper personal safety equipment), watchdogging social media for disinformation, or reaching out to voters to make sure they know their rights. You’ll connect voters with trained legal professionals who can help them navigate the voting process and cast 

https://protectthevote.net/?source=cc&link_id=0&can_id=bf1bf6a23a37a3ccd1645d77fca3ca3d&email_referrer=email_953850&email_subject=how-you-can-help-voters-this-year