Can You Answer These 5 Questions About Election Day 2016?

5 things first-time voters should know before the big day

As a student, you are an important member of our community. Your vote and your voice matter.

On Tuesday, November 8, you have the opportunity to vote for:

  • The next U.S. President
  • 17 proposed laws for California dealing with education, health care, taxes and public safety
  • Members to represent you on the San Bernardino Community College District Governing Board of Trustees

Register to vote before it’s too late at — the deadline to vote in California is Monday, Oct. 24.

SBCCD students during Voter Registration Day 2016

5 things every first-time voter needs to know:

1. How can I register to vote?

It’s easy to register to vote online at — the deadline is Monday, Oct. 24.

2. What’s on the ballot?

Of course, the national focus of the 2016 election is on who will be President for the next four years. In California, there are also 17 proposed laws dealing with education, health care, taxes and public safety. Read the official quick guide with pros and cons of each issue.

3. Can I vote early?

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. However, you may also vote early before Nov. 8 by visiting your county’s Registrar of Voters Office in San Bernardino or Riverside.

4. What do I need to bring to vote?

Although California voters are not required to show identification at their polling place, you should bring identification with you when you vote for the first time. A California issued driver’s license or ID card, passport or student ID card are all forms of acceptable identification.

5. Where do I vote?

When you register to vote, you choose whether to vote at your polling place or use a “vote-by-mail” ballot.

Vote-by-mail ballots have already been sent to registered voters. There is still time to request a vote-by-mail ballot, the deadline is Nov. 1.

You may return your vote-by-mail ballot by mailing it to your county elections office before Election Day. You may also bring it to any polling place in your county between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

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