Public Policy May 2022

Did you realize we have a primary election coming up on June 7? The last day to register to vote in that election is May 23. (California also has same-day Conditional Voter Registration.) If you have changed your name or political affiliation, you must re-register. You can check your current registration here. If you are a new CA resident, you can register here.

And what will be on the ballot? Statewide offices and candidate statements are explained in the Official Voter Information Guide. The Santa Clara County guide is not yet available. Vote-by-mail ballots will start arriving in the mail after May 9. Voters in Santa Clara County then can vote early by mail, or by taking their ballot to any of ~100 Vote Centers up to three days before and including Election Day.

One choice on your ballot will be for a new Santa Clara County District 1 Supervisor. Did you know that the supervisors are in charge of a $9 Billion budget? We had a good turnout and lively discussion at our public forum on April 13. The candidates reflected the diversity and energy of our district, stretching from San Jose and Evergreen to Gilroy. You can make a more informed choice by seeing and hearing all five candidates.

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AAUW California has been busy lobbying our assembly representatives and senators to support key bills we have co-sponsored this session. As always, our focus is on legislation that promotes education and equity for women. We and AAUW Gilroy spoke with Robert Rivas’s office to support AB 92 – Child Care Family FeesAB1666 Protection for Reproductive Health Providers and Patients. AB 92 seeks to extend the waiver of family fees for childcare through Sept. 2024.

Remember: AAUW, at all levels, is political but non-partisan.

Jenny Redfern, Chair Public Policy

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