Last day to vote NO on the recall
Vote NO to Stop the Recall!
Today is the last day to vote NO on the Republican recall. A list of Voter Assistance Centers for in-person voting (and registration, if needed) can be found here: https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/polling_place. Many people don’t know same-day registration and voting is available, so spread the word! You may also drop off a ballot at any of the Voter Assistance Centers, or drop boxes listed at the link. Finally, ballots may also be mailed (no postage needed) as long as they are postmarked on or before September 14 and received by the Yolo County Elections Office no later than September 21.
For a list of voting options in Yolo County, please see this link: https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/voting-options
This election will depend on turnout, and we can’t take it for granted!
Short update on California State legislation
SB2- Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021: This bill to allow decertification of police who commit serious misconduct has passed the state Senate and Assembly, and both Sen. Dodd and Assm. Aguiar-Curry voted for it. Now it’s awaiting Gov. Newsom’s signature. Though the bill was watered down in amendments, it’s still an important step. We’re encouraging Gov. Newsom to sign it.
AB1542: This bill would allow Yolo County to incarcerate people for up to a year of court-mandated substance use disorder treatment. It’s opposed by Humans Rights Watch: “Conflating health treatment and jailing, as envisioned by AB 1542, risks substantial human rights abuse, is ineffective as a treatment, and takes resources and policy focus away from initiatives that are much more likely to help people.” Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to convince Sen. Dodd and Assm. Aguiar-Curry, they both voted for the bill and it’s in Gov. Newsom’s hands. We’re urging Newsom to veto it.
We’ve been working to keep Gov. Newsom in office- and we hope that as our elected official he’ll listen to our voices. A sample script and contact numbers/email for Gov. Newsom are below.
Stop the Republican Recall. Just Vote No!
Don’t forget- you can vote in-person, mail your ballot (no postage needed) as long as it’s postmarked on or before Sept. 14, or drop it off at a Voter Assistance Center or ballot drop box.
Gov. Newsom: YES to Decertification, NO to Incarceration!
Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR CITY, ZIP]
I urge Governor Newsom to sign SB 2, the Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act, to allow decertification of police officers who commit serious misconduct. California is one of only a few states that don’t have any process for decertification, and it’s an important step. Thank you.
I’m also asking Governor Newsom to VETO AB 1542. I am a resident of Yolo County, and I’m against involuntary treatment and incarceration for people with substance use disorders. We should listen to the evidence instead of doing an unethical pilot study that experts do not believe will work. A program like this would take away resources that could be used on voluntary, evidence based programs. In the light of calls for a new approach to public health and safety, this is an incredibly tone-deaf and counterproductive bill, and that’s why I’m asking you to veto it. Thank you.
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