In 34 Hours…


It’s GO time. In just 34 hours, polls will close and shortly after we will know which leaders will serve on our school board and whether ballot measures impacting children will pass or not. Oakland’s 48,000-plus students are counting on the adults in their lives to show up for them.

Your vote counts and can make the difference. In a recent Oakland school board race, less than 720 votes decided the election.

Let’s make sure you are ready to vote. Here are a few tips:

  • Remember school board races are on the last page of the Oakland ballot. Check out your sample ballot (you have to sign in to view), and consider starting with the last page of your ballot first.
  • Vote! Mail or drop off your ballot, or show up at the polls.
    • Vote by mail: Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registrar of Voters Office no later than 3 days after Election Day. Alternatively, you can take your mail-in ballot to any polling place in Alameda County between 7am and 8pm on Election Day. Be sure to use black or blue pen to mark your ballot. Track the status of your mail-in ballot, and check to make sure it has been received.
    • Polling place: Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. Find your polling place here(my personal one in the Fruitvale has changed since 2016, so be sure to do this even if you’ve voted in the same spot for many years). Remember that if you are turned away to vote for any reason, you are legally allowed to cast a provisional ballot simply by asking for one.

Thanks for your engagement and for understanding it takes all of us to make a difference for Oakland students.

GO VOTE! And I hope to see you tonight at our Election Results Watch Party. RSVP here to reserve your drink tickets.

Jessica Stewart

Executive Director
GO Public Schools Oakland Advocates

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