November 3, 2020 is Election Day across the United States. Visit the City of Chino Hills Election Page for an overview of the General Municipal Election in Chino Hills. The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters website is also a valuable source of information. Important topics are summarized below.
City Council ElectionsIn Chino Hills, registered voters who live in Districts 3 and 5 will cast a ballot for one member of the City Council by selecting from qualified candidates who reside within the same District as the voter. (Elections for Council Districts 1, 2, and 4 were held in 2018.) To find your District, view the interactive map and enter your address.
Local TOT Measure M on the BallotThe Chino Hills City Council has placed a measure on the November 3 General Municipal Election ballot proposing to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT or “hotel tax”) from 2% to 12%. This tax is paid by hotel/lodging visitors.
Register to VoteCitizens must register to vote in order to participate in the November 3 election. Online registration is available. Voter registration forms are available on the second floor in the City Clerk’s Office at Chino Hills City Hall, 14000 City Center Drive. Voter registration forms must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than Monday, October 19. Meeting this deadline assists with the efficiency of the system. However, the State of California provides a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline. Eligible citizens can go to their local Elections Office (San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters) to register and vote conditionally through Election Day, November 3.
Vote-By-Mail BallotsDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom has ordered that Vote-By-Mail ballots be mailed to all registered voters. Voters are encouraged to check their voter registration to ensure that correct information is on file. Sign in to My Elections Gateway on the Registrar of Voters website. Persons that select “Vote-By-Mail” will receive Vote-By-Ballots for future elections as well. Voters always have the option to vote in person, if they prefer, by visiting a Polling Place and either submitting the Vote-By-Mail ballot, or surrendering the Vote-By-Mail ballot and casting their votes in the voting booth at the Polling Place. Vote-By-Mail ballots must be signed by the voter and the Registrar of Voters must verify the signature provided against the voter’s signature in their records.
Vote-By-Mail Ballot Box at City HallThe City Clerk’s Office at Chino Hills City Hall is an official drop-off location for Vote-By-Mail ballots. Voters may deposit their Vote-By-Mail ballots in a permanent, secure ballot box in the breezeway at City Hall next to the Library entrance, 14020 City Center Drive. Voters may drop their ballots at any time beginning on October 6 through 8:00 pm on November 3. No need to worry about overwhelming the U.S. Post Office this year, just drop your ballot securely at City Hall. Ballots are never touched by City employees and are picked up by official S.B. County Registrar of Voters employees.
Public Comments Sought on Polling Place Locations (ends Sept. 11) and Ballot Drop-Off Box Locations (ends Sept. 18)The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters has prepared a Proposed List of Polling Places and a map of locations. Written public comments will be accepted for ten days, through 5:00 pm on September 11. Check the Registrar’s website for the details. The Registrar is also accepting written public comments for Ballot Drop-Off Locations through 5:00 pm on September 18. The Registrar was unable to confirm use of many polling places used in past elections because the locations cannot accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions. Because there are fewer polling places, they will be open for voting for four days from Saturday, October 31 through Tuesday, November 3.
Apply to Be a Paid Poll Worker!If you are 18 years of age; a registered voter in the state of California; and can read, write, and understand English, apply to be a Poll Worker! Poll Workers will work four days October 31, November 1 & 2 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and November 3 from 6:00 am to approximately 9:30 pm. Three roles are available: Clerk, Assistant Supervisor, and Supervisor with pay ranging from $100 per day to $175 per day with a two-hour paid training session. Bilingual pay is $10 per day. More information is available online.