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Legislative Advocacy

voter registration - deadline October 19th

October is a busy advocacy month for our PTA. As a trusted, non-partisan partner at our school, the DVHS PTA has some important November 2020 election based deadlines and information to share with you. 

Register to Vote or Update your Voter Registration

Mail-in-Ballots

  • This year, every registered Californian will automatically receive a  Mail-in-Ballot at the address they are registered to vote. An Executive Order, from Governor Newsom, that was issued in May, makes provision for this. 
  • Californians registered to vote will start receiving their mail-in-ballots in the first weeks of October. If others in your community have received theirs, but you have not, check your voter status to make sure that your information is correct. 
  • This year, California voters can sign up to be notified where their mail-in-ballot is, and it's status. They can track it every step of the way. A voter who has signed up will receive notices from their county elections official, regarding the status of the voter's vote-by-mail. Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive an automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot.

PTA members should also know that the California State PTA has taken positions on the following November 2020 Ballot Measures: 

  • SUPPORT - Proposition 15: California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act - This initiative would require that commercial and industrial real estate property worth $3 million or more be taxed on current market value, raising as much as $11.5 billion in additional funding for schools and other local governments. It protects all homeowners and renters by maintaining tax protections for ALL residential property. This money would be allocated to schools (40%) and other local governments (60%). More information about this ballot measure can be found here
  • SUPPORT- Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 – Restore Affirmative Action. This constitutional amendment, placed on the November 2020 statewide ballot by the legislature, asks the voters of California to vote on permitting the use of race, gender, and ethnic diversity as factors (but not decisive factors) in education including college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting. Detailed information about this ballot measure can be found here.
  • NEUTRAL - Proposition 19: Changes Certain Property Tax Rules. California State PTA has taken a neutral position on Prop 19, a legislative constitutional amendment that changes certain Property Tax Rules. See the California State PTA Study Committee Report here

PTA encourages its members to stay informed and to research issues and candidates before voting.  Questions? Contact Linda M. Lozano, DVHS PTSA Legislative Advocacy Chair, for additional non-partisan resources.

Legislative Advocacy at DVHS PTSA

Mission Statement

Our goal is to influence, within PTA guidelines, federal, state, and local policymakers to pass laws and grant funding which will provide for the improvement and betterment of our public schools in both curriculum and facilities. In order to accomplish this goal, we will clarify legislative issues affecting our schools to the parent population and community.

How You Can Help

▪ Recognize the importance of these issues

▪ Stay informed

▪ Work to inform your friends and neighbors

▪ Volunteer to become legislative committee members through your school PTA board

▪ Participate and assist in letter writing campaigns to legislators on key issues

▪ Write to local media on issues affecting our schools.

For more information contact: Linda Lozano, DVHS Chairperson for Legislative Advocacy, or visit SRVCPTA Legislative for latest information.

High School Voter Registration

High School Voter Registration

California State celebrated High School Voter Education during the last two weeks of April. To encourage and support local students and schools, Contra Costa County has created a free, mobile texting tool just for high school students. Using this program, Contra Costa County students 16 and up can preregister and those 18 and older can register to vote.

Directions:

1-Text your school name to: 2Vote (28683)

2- Receive a reply text with a link to quick, easy voter registration tools.

Additional election-related resources specifically for younger voters (mock elections on youth-oriented topics, poll worker opportunities, HS voter registration drive ideas) can be found on the California Secretary of State website.

 

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