Laws and Rules for Registering Voters
It is crucial to record how many students you are registering to vote and how they were engaged. These records should be kept in a very safe place. The results from the 23 campus efforts will be compiled and utilize for public disclosure, as well as for evidence when seeking future voter registration funding and support.
RETURNING THE COMPLETED VRCS
If a person accepts a completed card from a voter, that card must be returned in person, to the county elections official or Secretary of State, or deposited in the mail within three days of receiving it (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays) or before the close of registration, whichever is earlier. (Elections Code § 2138.) Failure to submit completed VRCs within this time frame is a misdemeanor. (Elections Code § 18103.)
Any person, group or organization requesting more than 50 voter registration cards from a county elections official or the Secretary of State’s office must complete a distribution form and state the distribution plan on the form. The distribution plan should describe how the drive will be organized, what groups will be targeted, what methods will be used to distribute cards, and an acknowledgement that organizers know and will follow the laws and rules relating to voter registration. (California Code of Regulations, title 2, § 20001(g).). A “Voter Registration Card Statement of Distribution” form is available on the Secretary of State’s website.
It is critical that everyone working or volunteering for you understands the procedures and laws relating to voter registration. Please have your workers or volunteers review the Secretary of State’s website.