FarsiVoter

When you skip Voting It's not Rebellion, It's Surrender

Mission Statement

FarsiVoter is the first and only definitive and comprehensive website for Iranian-Americans and all Farsi speaking voters in Southern California. Our goal is to register all eligible Farsi speakers and to educate them about the electoral process. The outcome of our lives and that of the next generation depends on what we do today as Farsi voters. 

FarsiVoter is proud to have created this sturdy one of a kind cotton tote bag (13" x 15") which costs only $10 including  shipping costs. Please leave your order in our "Contacts Us" page.

What's New

  •  FarsiVoter has very exciting news, we have partnered with the website Turbo Vote and now you can get election information not only for CA but all 50 states. Go to our "Resources" page to learn more or enter the website using this link: turbovote.org/?r=farsi-voter-2020


  • Presidential election:  Nov 3 ,2020
  • Deadline to register to vote for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election is: Oct 19, 2020 post marked (this means your Registration Form must be mailed and stamped by the post office, or if you have registered online you have to submit your online registration by October 19,2020. 
  • Learn more about LA Free the Vote campaign, under our "Resources" page.
  • Learn more about the Iranian-American candidates running for various Federal, State and local elections in 2020. Go to our page "Candidates" .
  • Learn more about Los Angeles County's Multilingual Services for Iranian-Americans under "Resources" page.
  • No party Preference for the California Primary  election, on March 3, 2020. Learn more about it under "Resources" page.
  • Learn more about what is a District Assembly member, in our "Candidates" page.
  • Learn more about the history of US Census and why the 2020 Census should matter to all of us on our brand new page "Issues that matter.
  • Did you know that Farsi is now a mandated language for elections in California. Learn about it in our new "Issues that Matter" page.
  • New voting changes are coming to Los Angeles County, making voting easier for everyone. check out our "Events" page to find out about our collaboration with the LA County Registrar/Recorder's office to host a Community Meeting to reach out to the Iranian-American community to learn more about the changes, and to learn how and why Los Angeles Changed its voting system.
  • FarsiVoter was featured in Inspiring Iranians.
  • FarsiVoter partnered with Women's March of Los Angeles for their Jan 20, 2018 event in Pershing Square. Check out our "Event" page to find out more.
  • FarsiVoter is providing you with election materials in Farsi under our "Resources" tab created by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office.
  • A new campaign by FarsiVoter to encourage Iranian-Americans to vote: # I am Iranian-American and I Vote
  • Take our new Survey and help us understand the issues that matter to you, and how we can help you register to vote.
  • Know your rights as a voter so you will not be intimidated at the polls, under our 'Resources" tab.
  • FarsiVoter is very proud to be partnering with ACLU's grass roots campaign "Let People Vote".
  • FarsiVoter is very proud to announce that we have registered 171 people, and counting.
  • Did you know that the California Primary will begin in March instead of June for the 2020 Presidential election?

Multilingual Services are offered by

Los Angeles County because

In 2006, federal legislation passed, extending the minority language provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Any county with more than 10,000 residents whose native language is not English and who indicated on their U.S. Census form a lack of proficiency in English, is required to provide election materials in the identified languages. A language is considered to be covered by the VRA as mandatory for the County's translated election materials if (1) more than 5% of the citizens of voting age are members of a single language minority and are limited English proficient OR (2) more than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age are members of a single language minority and are limited English proficient.


Due to this legislation FarsiVoter was able to be the first Iranian-American organization to set forth a proposal to the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder's office to have election materials translated into Farsi for all Iranian-American citizens and other Farsi speaking people.

To Access your Farsi Sample Ballot Booklet:

Go to www.lavote.net

Select : Voting and Elections

Select: Voting options and information

Select: Sample Ballot

Select: Access my Sample Ballot

Put in your House # (just the number)

Put in your Street name ( don't include Ave, Blvd, etc..)

Then you can see the Farsi Sample Ballot for that election.


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FarsiVoter also provides you with the

following resources

Farsi Translation Glossary

Vote By Mail Ballot Application 

Iranian-American candidates running in any election

Useful election websites

Emergency Vote By Mail Ballot Application

Bilingual Pollworker / Election Worker Application

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                  How to become an

          Election Worker/Poll Worker 

You can go to www.lavote.net

to find out how to become a Poll Worker/Election Worker in Los Angeles County. To become a Poll Worker in other Counties please visit  your local County Registrar/

Recorder's office Website. 

FarsiVoter's appearance on the fantastic show "Our View" on the Asreemrooz Channel talking about our website.

FarsiVoter is so proud to have been recognized by the

Los Angeles County

Board of Supervisors for our civic engagement efforts.

On KPFK 90.7 FM Rebel Radio show talking about FarsiVoter.







Looking who is supporting our efforts

The amazingly talented actor, comedian and activist Mr. Maz Jobrani.

FarsiVoter is so honored to be apart of the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. FarsiVoter will be one of the 100 women who will march behind the Statute of Liberty Float created by the National Women's History Alliance, honoring the 100th year anniversary of women getting the vote.

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          What is an Election Worker?

An election worker is an essential component to every polling place location on Election Day. There are two different types of election workers: Inspectors and Clerks. While Inspectors serve as supervisors for the polling locations, Clerks assist with a variety of conventional tasks. Both are paid a stipend for their time. Polling place locations typically staff four to six election workers on Election Day.


Election Worker Requirements:

To become an election worker in Los Angeles County, you must be:


1) 18 years of age or older (unless participating in the Student Election Worker Program)

2) A resident of California

3) A United States citizen registered to vote or a legal permanent resident (green card holder)


Election Workers must be available between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to set up the polls, provide assistance to voters and conduct poll closing procedures.

Volunteer Election Workers must comply with legal restrictions imposed upon them including, but not limited to, restraining orders, restrictions imposed on registered sex offenders, or any other prohibitions or limitations on their presence at voting locations and must notify the County immediately if they are prohibited from serving at their assigned voting location.

Los Angeles Voter Registration Form in Farsi

Created By: FarsiVoter

November, 2015

This video will teach you step by step how to fill out the LA County Voter Registration Form in Farsi. You need to fill out this form in order to be eligible to vote in federal, state and local elections for candidates and measures in Los Angeles County. You need to re-register whenever you move, change your address, change your last name, or change your political party affiliation. Please check out our "Resources" tab to find more helpful websites offering current information about voting and upcoming elections.

Note: This was an old video made to show you how to fill out the Voter Registration Form. You can now go online and do the same on your Country Registrar/Recorder's office or the California Secretary of State website.

Useful Election websites

More on our "Resources Page"

Voter's Edge

http://votersedge.org/ca/page/resources#create-guide

FarsiVoter is very proud to be collaborating with VotersEdge to bring more comprehensive

comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to federal, state, and local elections in California and two other states. Please go to the link above to find out more about your 

With Voter’s Edge, you can:

  • Access your full, personalized ballot by entering your address.
  • Get in-depth information on candidates, measures, and who supports them.
  • See candidate biographies, top priorities, photos, policy videos, endorsements, and detailed information about who funds their campaigns.
  • Read neutral summaries of ballot measures, see the latest news on the measures, and find out who supports and opposes them.
  • Check where, when, and how to vote, including information on their local polling locations.
  • Keep track of their choices to make voting easier.
  • Share information about the election with friends and family.

ACLU

FarsiVoter is so proud to be part of the grass roots movement by ACLU to preserve the voting rights of every American citizen. We will be hosting events to inform and mobilize our community to protect and defend our civil liberties.


For more information on the Los Angeles ACLU go to:

www.aclusocal.org

ProCon.Org

ProCon.org is the leading source for Pros and Cons of controversial issues. 

This is just a few of the issues you can read about on their website:

  • Midterm elections
  • Sanctuary cities
  • Vaccinations for kids
  • Marijuana laws
  • Birthright Citizenship
  • Gun safety
  • Gay marriage 

For more information go to their website:

www.procon.org 

League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

FarsiVoter has been a proud member of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, and has served on their Board. We have also for the first time in their 100 year history had their "Voter Resources" page translated into Farsi. Check out this video to learn more about this organization.


For more information go to their website:

www.lwlosangeles.org


        Why voting is important. 

is voting good for you?

Voting is connected with a host of positive benefits for the individual voter. Compared to non-voters, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs. Voting is associated with:

Active Citizenship

Registered voters are more likely to engage in civic and political activities than those who are not registered. They are also more likely to talk to elected officials and be an advocate for themselves and their families. Voters are more likely to be active and engaged citizens who connect with their neighbors and participate in community activities.

Social Connections

Voters tend to have stronger social connections, leading to a greater quality of life and longevity. Census surveys suggest that registered voters are, compared to non-voters, more strongly connected with their neighbors and family members. They are more likely to discuss political issues with family or do favors for their neighbors.

Personal Agency

Voters have the satisfaction of knowing that they have expressed their opinions. Voting is a form of personal empowerment that gives you the opportunity to voice your opinion on issues that matter to you, your family, and your community.

Other Benefits:

• Better health outcomes: Voters have higher levels of self-reported health and voting could also potentially boost mental health.

• Reduced unemployment: Voting and other forms of civic engagement have been tied to lower unemployment rates.

• Lower recidivism rates: Ex-offenders who have their civil rights restored are less likely to return to prison. The Florida Parole Commission reported that over a two year period ex-offenders who had their voting rights restored were three times less likely to end up back in custody.

source: www.nonprofitvote.org


"Even if the winner of an election was not their preferred choice, people are happier with the outcome and they feel more in control of their lives, if they voted.”


Source: Psychologist Marc Zimmerman, professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Health

VOTING        IN       CALIFORNIA 

So why did we change the way we vote ?

California passed a new law called the Voter's Choice Act in 2016 because they wanted to modernize our out-dated voting system. The new election model allows counties who have chosen to participate in the new election model (as of January 1, 2020 the following counties have chosen to participate: Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Orange, Butte, Nevada, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno) to provide greater flexibility and convenience for voters. The new election model allows voters to choose how, when and where to cast their ballot. The new voting machines are called BMD (Ballot Marking Device) and they are touch-screen devices that are also multilingual. Please watch the videos below to learn more about how to use these machines when you go in person to vote at a Vote Center near you. 

Alternate Ballot Order (California Senate Bill 25)

This Bill was approved by the Governor on 9/29/2018 requiring the County of Los Angeles to conduct elections using an alternate ballot order for three years, starting with the use of the new voting machines in 2020. This means that there will be an order of appearance on your ballot for what you will vote for first and what you will vote for last. For the upcoming election the order will begin with: City/Local offices and measures, and it will end with the Presidential and Vice President nominees. 

Voting in person at a Vote Center

Instead of going to traditional Polling Places now California voters can vote in person at a Vote Center, and the following features are available for all voters.

  • Can vote in-person 11 days before the actual Election Day at any Vote Center.
  • Instead of going to your designated polling place like we did before, you now can cast a ballot at any Vote Center within your County. You can go to Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder's office www.lavote.net for Orange County go to: www.ocvote.com , or your County Registrar/Recorder's office website to find your 'Vote Center" by entering your zip code.
  • If you previously registered to vote but now have changed your address, name (got married) or your political party and you did not update your information, you can do so at any Vote Center.
  • You can drop off your ballot
  • Get replacement ballot
  • The voting machine allows voters to read the ballot in multiple languages
  • Curbside voting is available at all Voter Centers in Los Angeles County. 

  • The same voting machine you cast your ballot can also be used by physically disabled persons to cast their ballot. For example blind people can listen to ballot selections and using braille cast their vote. Also people with wheel-chairs previously had to use a different voting machine specially designed to allow them to roll up to the voting machine which was lower and wider to accommodate their wheel chair, but now all voting machines are designed to allowed all physically handicapped person to use the same machines as other voters.
  • You will make your selections on the voting machine by touching the screen (be sure to follow the directions on the screen, which allows you to scroll up and down, skip to the next selection or go back).
  • Voting for Write-in Candidates at the Vote Center: Write-in candidates are people whose name are not listed on the ballot but are people that the voter would like to vote for. Here are the steps to take when you want to write-in a person's name when you are voting in person using the new voting machine: 

                 1) Select the Write-in option

                 2) Enter the candidate's name using the keyboard on the voting machine

                 3) Review and confirm

  • You will cast your ballot on the same machine you used to make your selections. So at the end of your voting the machine will print out a paper ballot for you to review to make sure everything you selected is correct and then you can put the same paper back into the machine yourself (before you had to hand your ballot card when you were finished voting to a ballot clerk who checked your ballot for accuracy and then gave it back to you so you can put it in the machine).
  • As you recall in the old polling places voters would first check in with a Ballot Clerk who would check their names in the roster of voters, and if your name was not found you would have to either go to your designated polling place, or stay and vote provisionally. Now Electronic Poll Books will be used by Vote Center staff to verify in real time the registration eligibility of a voter and to make sure no one votes twice. The Electronic Poll Book is NOT connected to the Ballot Marking Device. 

  • What is a Poll Pass: Using a computer, mobile phone or a personal device voters who want to speed things up can mark their selections before going to a Vote Center on the Interactive Sample Ballot (Which can be accessed on www.lavote.net) which at the end of the voter's selection generates a QR Code (like an airline boarding pass). The voter then takes this QR Code, goes to a Vote Center and can simply scan the code into the Ballot Marking Device (the new voting machines) and the machine will display their selections. On the screen the voters can change any of their selections. Some very important things about this feature:

    •  This is an optional tool to simply speed up voting.

    •  This is NOT online voting. Voters still need to go to a Vote Center and scan their QR Code into the voting machine to complete their voting process.

    •  No identifiable information about the voter is saved in the QR Code.

    •  Selections made by the voter are stored ONLY on the voter's own personal device.

    •  To use create a Poll Pass go to the Interactive Sample Ballot website: isb.lavote.net


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Vote By Mail

Even though things have changed in voting in person, but you can still vote by mail. Los Angeles County will start mailing out your vote by mail ballots on February 3, 2020 for the upcoming California Primary Election. 


For the upcoming Nov 3, 2020 Presidential Election Every Registered Voter will receive a Vote By Mail Ballot.


  • You can become a Permanent Vote By Mail Voter which means you can request a ballot mailed to you automatically every time there is an election. You can download an application at Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder's website: www.lavote.net or you can check the box on back of your Official Sample Ballot Booklet.

  • You can also be a One-Time Vote By Mail Voter which means that just for one specific election you want to be able to vote by mail. You have to request a ballot by mail starting 29 days before the election, by going to your County's website. For Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder's office go to: www.lavote.net and submit your request. You can even send a signed letter which includes the address you want the ballot to be sent to your County Registrar/Recorder's office.

No Party Preference Voters for the upcoming Primary election

Voters registered with No Party Preference will receive a ballot without the U.S. Presidential candidates unless they take the following steps:

  • To vote for candidates in the American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian party you must check the box in the Vote by Mail online application and select the desired party's ballot.
  • To vote for candidates in the Green, Peace and Freedom or Republican party you must change your party affiliation by re-registering to vote. When re-registering, check the box to receive a Vote by Mail ballot.

Write-in Candidates for Vote By Mail Voters

When you receive your Vote By Mail ballot simple write the name and office of the candidate you would like to vote for in the 'Write-in" portion of the ballot. A list of "Qualified Write-in Candidates" is available 11 days before the election. Just keep in mind that you can't vote for a candidate whose names on the ballot and to write-in a candidate's name for the same office. 

How to Return your Vote By Mail Ballot

Voters have several options on how to return their ballot:

  • By mail, remember no postage is necessary
  • In person at any Vote by Mail drop box location, to find a drop-off location visit your Registrar/Recorder's website.
  • At any Vote Center in L.A. County or in your own County. 

DON'T FORGET TO SIGN THE BACK OF THE VOTE BY MAIL ENVELOPE.

Become a Permanent Vote By Mail Voter

There are three easy ways to become a Permanent Vote by Mail voter:

Online: complete a new voter registration application and check-mark the "Permanent Vote by Mail" box.

Sample Ballot Booklet: Complete and return the back cover page of your Official Sample Ballot booklet.

By Mail: complete and return a Permanent Vote by Mail Application to the LA County Registrar/Recorder's office.

Mismatch Signature Verification Statement

Since your signature is bound to change. If the signature on your Vote by Mail return envelope doesn't match what is in our voter registration database the LA County Registrar/Recorder's office will notify you by mail and ask you complete and return the Signature Verification Statement.


Forgot to Sign the Envelope for your Vote by Mail Ballot?

If you returned your Vote by Mail ballot without signing the return envelope the LA County Registrar/Recorder's office will mail you a document called the "Unsigned Ballot Statement" asking for your signature.


Your signature is required to verify your identity and process the ballot. You have up to eight (8) days after Election Day to return the statement for your ballot to be processed.

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Provisional Voting at a Vote Center

Voters were allowed to vote provisionally when their name did not appear in the roster of voters or they were outside their voting precinct previously, but now with the new Vote Centers, the name of a voter can be checked instantly by an Electronic Poll Book in real time.


Three reasons why you may still have to vote provisionally are:


1) you are outside of your county. Hence it is preferable to vote in your own county. This way you will receive a ballot that will reflect your county's local election measures. But since the upcoming California Primary includes Presidential and Congressional candidates, regardless of your County you will be able to still vote for these Federal candidates.


2) You are marked as a Vote By Mail Voter. When you arrive at the Vote Center and the staff checks your status electronically, they can see that you had applied to be a Vote By Mail Voter but you insist that you did not vote by mail and now wish to vote at the Vote Center. To resolve this issue the staff can allow you to vote provisionally.


3) Never received or lost your Vote By Mail Ballot. 

Please note that ALL PROVISIONAL BALLOTS ARE COUNTED. Every voter who votes provisionally has to be checked by the County Registrar/Recorder's office staff to be sure that the voter has not voted elsewhere. You can also check the status of your provisional ballot by going to: voterstatus.sos.ca.gov

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Vote EARLY at your County's Registrar/Recorder's office

You can vote even earlier than people who are waiting for their Vote By Mail ballots to arrive or even earlier than people who are going to vote at a Vote Center, by simply going to your local County Registrar/Recorder's office. Due to the pandemic please check your local Registrar/Recorder's office website to make sure they are open for early voting. The Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder's office in Norwalk will be open for early voting in 2020.



Please be aware that in California the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day. 



Primary election:      March 3, 2020

General election:     November 3, 2020

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Pre-Register at 16 and 17 and vote at eighteen.

California youths can pre-register at 16 or 17 years of age online by going to : registertovote.ca.gov or by filling out paper Voter Registration Forms available at libraries and post offices. Youths that have pre-registered have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.


Source: LA County Registrar/Recorder's Office 

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The following videos will help you understand the changes to our voting system and how to vote in 2020. 

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Why Farsi SpeakingVoters Matter

Language was the primary factor used by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office when they began in 2014 to offer online Sample Ballot Booklets in Farsi. (please see the story of how this came about based on FarsiVoter's proposal under the "About Us" tab). Farsi language is not only spoken by Iranian-Americans, but so many other immigrants from countries such as Armenia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Israel, and Tajikistan to name a few, who also reside in California and will benefit tremendously from election materials in Farsi.

With California being the most populace state in the United States according to the 2010 Census data and Los Angeles being the biggest County in California, and with a total population of over 92,000 of Iranian-Americans alone in Los Angeles County, what happens in California matters and FarsiVoters are a significant voter population who can impact the outcome of elections in California. 

Watch these videos to learn more about Iranian-Americans and other Farsi Speaking voters in Southern California


How to Register online

You can go to either one of these sites to register to vote online. 

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office, for Los Angeles residents only:

www.lavote.net


California Secretary of State's office, for all residents in other Counties.

www.sos.ca.gov/elections


Orange County Registrar-Recorder's office, for Orange County residents only:

www.ocvote.com