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As Ballots Start To Arrive In Mailboxes, What’s Your Voting Strategy This Year?




A woman inserts her ballot into the machine after voting at a Lifeguard headquarters that doubles as a polling station during the midterm elections.
A woman inserts her ballot into the machine after voting at a Lifeguard headquarters that doubles as a polling station during the midterm elections.
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Among the changes many have to make this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic will be how, when, and where we vote. California has offered mail-in ballots in general elections since 1962, but there are still thousands of voters who, at least until this year, vote in-person at their local polling location or vote center.

But this year, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring the state to mail all California voters a ballot in addition to letting them know where they could still vote in person if they chose to do so. But for those who decide to vote by mail, maybe for the first time, there are some extra factors to consider when strategizing about casting their ballot this year.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear your strategies for voting in this unusual election year. What are the factors you’re considering, and the challenges they might present? How are you deciding when to vote, and how to vote? Will you mail your ballot in, or do you prefer to drop it off in person at a polling location or a ballot dropbox? Join our live conversation at 866-893-5722, by tweeting us @AirTalk, or by posting on our Facebook page

KPCC and LAist have put together a resource guide for this year's election. It's called Voter Game Plan. From the latest on all the local races to information on how to vote by mail -- go to laist.com/elections.. You can also find more information from the Secretary of State on how to vote in this year’s general election by clicking here.

 

Guest:

Michael Alvarez, professor of political and computational social science at Caltech and co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project; he tweets @rmichaelalvarez