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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
Besikof selects Lily Espinoza and Ashish Sahni for Laney VP positions
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • May 13, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary
College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor • May 6, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024


Election Day is in less than two weeks! Here is all you need to know about who can vote and how to vote

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, is the California General Election.


All US citizens and residents of California who are 18 years old by November 3, 2020, can vote. 

If you have a misdemeanor offense, you can vote. If you are awaiting trial, or on probation, mandatory supervision or post-release community supervision, you can vote. If you have a juvenile wardship adjudication you, too, can vote.

You cannot vote if you are in state or federal prison, are on parole for a felony conviction, or if you have been found mentally incompetent by a court. If you have completed parole your voting right will be restored once you re-register to vote.

Learn more here

Poster outside a small neighborhood grocery store encourages people to vote in Kensington, CA on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Pamela Rudd/The Citizen)

If you meet the requirements, it’s easy to register. It is best to register at least two weeks before Election Day, but same-day voter registration is an option.  

Online: Federal law requires that registration information be available in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Hindi, Vietnamese, etc. Click the link and begin the process! You can also pre-register or check your registration status at this link. 

In-person: Pick up a registration application at the DMV, many post offices, government offices or libraries, or your county election office. The Alameda County Election Office is located at 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, Oakland. 

By mail: Call the secretary of state at 800 345-VOTE (8683) to request a registration application by mail.

Same-day voter registration:  It is possible to register and vote on the same day. Keep in mind that your ballot will not be counted until the county elections office has completed the verification process. Learn more here.

Preregistration: Not quite 18, but eager to get involved? California residents ages 16-17 who want to vote in future elections can register online as well.


How to vote: In California, every registered individual will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot and a California General Election Official Voter Information Guide, prepared in accordance with the law and certified as correct by Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Because of COVID-19, you do not need to request a vote-by-mail ballot. 

Make sure to seal the ballot inside the envelope provided by your county elections office and sign it. Your signature should match the one on your driver’s license, state ID, or the signature you provided when registering. This is how the county elections office protects your vote.

By mail: Completed ballots may be mailed without stamps, but must be postmarked by election day, November 3, 2020. Check the mail pickup times to be sure the mail will be picked up on time. Vote early to skip the line. 

In-person: Ballots may be left at a secure dropbox, polling place, vote center or county elections office. Use the “polling place lookup tool” on the California Secretary of State website to find the most convenient location.

Please follow COVID-19 safety procedures. Wear a mask and social distance, be sure to wash your hands before and after entering the polling location and bring your own ballpoint pen.

Vote. Vote Soon. This is your chance to make a difference.

About the Contributor
Pamela Rudd
Pamela Rudd, Opinion Editor
This is Pamela Rudd’s fourth semester at Laney College and her third as a staff writer for The Citizen. Pam was born in San Francisco and grew up in Contra Costa County when cattle roamed the hills and life had yet to cross from rural to suburban. She attended college directly after high school and received a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in psychology. As a Bay Area native she witnessed the Vietnam War, the Free Speech and Black Panther movements, the AIDS crisis, and the birth of Silicon Valley. Pamela is always amazed by the resiliency of the human spirit and the repetitiveness of history. She is excited to be back in school and to be part of The Citizen’s newsroom. For Pam, journalism was the path not taken.
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