Secretary of State reminds Californians of election policies

With 11 days until the May 19 Statewide Special Election, Secretary of State Debra Bowen has reminded voters of their key rights and responsibilities under California law.
“When Californians know their voting rights, they can ensure their voices are heard,” said Bowen, California’s chief elections officer. “The more knowledgeable voters, poll workers, and election officials are about voting rights, the smoother Election Day will be for everyone.”
The Secretary of State recently mailed the Official Voter Information Guide, which includes a Voter Bill of Rights and other helpful voter information, to every voting household in California. It is also available in audio and print versions at “Sample ballot” booklets, mailed to voters by county elections offices, offer more information about local candidates and measures.
Secretary Bowen also has a toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE. Voters may call the Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline any time between now and election night to ask election-related questions or to report potential election fraud or voter intimidation.
A list of key election dos and don’ts is attached. The last day to register to vote in the special election is May 4. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is May 12.

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