2020 Voter Guide
The SURJ San Francisco Voter Guide will help you navigate the November 2020 California General Election through an anti-racist lens. The guide is thorough—we tried to encapsulate the many different viewpoints of our members and our accountability organizations to assemble this information.
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Quick Hits: CA Propositions
Prop 14: Stem Cell Funding—No Recommendation
Prop 15: Property Tax Assessment—Yes
Prop 16: Affirmative Action—Strong Yes
Prop 17: Parolee Voting—Strong Yes
Prop 18: Voting Age—Yes
Prop 19: Property Tax Transfers—Lean No
Prop 20: Parole Restriction—Strong No
Prop 21: Rent Control—Strong Yes
Prop 22: Rideshare—Strong No
Prop 23: Dialysis Centers—No Recommendation
Prop 24: Consumer Privacy—No
Prop 25: Money Bail—Reluctant No
Quick Hits: SF Propositions
Prop A: Health & Homelessness, Parks & Streets Bond—Yes
Prop B: New Sanitation & Streets Commission—No Recommendation
Prop C: Non-citizens Serving on City Policy Committees—Yes
Prop D: Sheriff's Department Oversight Board—Lean Yes
Prop E: Minimum Police Staffing—Strong Yes
Prop F: Business Tax Overhaul—Strong Yes
Prop G: Youth Voting in Local Elections—Yes
Prop H: Neighborhood Commercial Districts & City Permitting—No Recommendation
Prop I: Real Estate Transfer Tax—Strong Yes
Prop J: Parcel Tax to Fund SFUSD—Yes
Prop K: Affordable Housing—Yes
Prop L: Business Tax Based on Comparison of Top Executive's Pay to Employees' Pay—Yes
Quick Hits: Regional Propositions
Prop RR: Rail Service Tax—No Recommendation
The Voter Guide is in PDF Form below—scroll to read or download a copy and view on your desktop!
Special Note Re: Voter Suppression and Disenfranchisement
We acknowledge that voter suppression and disenfranchisement, disproportionately targeting Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities, makes calls to “just go out and vote” a sometimes impossible solution when it comes to social change.
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According to The Sentencing Project, “[as of 2016], African American disenfranchisement rates in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia now exceed 20 percent of the adult voting age population. In fact, whereas only 9 states disenfranchised at least 5 percent of their African American adult citizens in 1980, 23 states do so today.”
The ACLU and Fair Fight are two organizations that are fighting against voter suppression. They provide advice on how to claim your vote, and advocate for writing to your senators to pass the VRAA which, according to the ACLU would “reinstate critical protections against voter suppression left behind after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013.”
As allies to people of color, we recognize voting is an incredibly important action that we can take to affect racial equity when we vote in alignment with BIPOC leadership. However, voting is not the sole way to affect change. Organizing alongside BIPOC-led organizations, and amplifying their calls to action, is equally as important in our racial justice work. It is also the way in which many of these propositions made their way onto the ballot. We want to acknowledge and show our appreciation to all of the organizers that have put tireless efforts into getting many of these impactful propositions onto the ballot for this election!
Voting Deadlines & Tips
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Online: October 19
By mail: Postmarked by October 19
In person: November 3
Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: October 27
Return by mail: Postmarked by November 3
Return in person: November 3 by 8:00 p.m.
October 5–November 2 (dates and hours may vary, depending on location)
If you are a registered voter in the state of California, you will be mailed a ballot.
If you are an inactive or absentee voter, you may request a ballot until October 27 by mailing this application: https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/vote-by-mail/pdf/vote-by-mail-application.pdf
Postage is prepaid on mailing your ballot back (no need to buy stamps).
Consider filling out a sample ballot before either your mail ballot or going in person.
If going in person to vote or pick up a ballot, bring photo ID.