Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day!

It's FINALLY Election Day! YAY!!!

Los Angeles County voters can find their polling place here. If you live in another California county, you can find information about your polling place on the Secretary of State website.

Polls here in California open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. (Note: one site I checked mentioned that some cities may close polls at 7 p.m. without listing which ones. You can find out what time your polling place closes by looking at your sample ballot.) Remember: if you arrive at your polling place before it closes, you can still vote, even if you have to wait in line past the closing time.

If you reside outside of California, you can look up information on your polling place location and hours at Vote411.org or at the Vote For Change website.

Think you don't have time to vote because of work? California law requires employers to give their employees time off to vote in statewide elections if employees do not have time to vote outside of their normal work schedule. The law provides for a maximum of two hours of paid leave for the purposes of voting. (Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid.) In some cases, your employer may require advance notice or require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the your shift. You can find out more about the "time off" provision on the Secretary of State website.

If you are a California voter and you have election questions, you can call the Secretary of State hotline at 800-345-VOTE or 800-232-VOTA (Spanish) or email Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

No matter where you live, if for some reason you have problems at your polling place - it isn't open on time or closes early, for example - call 866-OUR-VOTE or visit the Election Protection website for guidance on what you should do and to report the issue.

Now get out there and vote!!!

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