“Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo Illustration by Rahul Lal. (Rahul Lal)
“Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo Illustration by Rahul Lal.

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The State Hornet Voter Guide 2020

November 5, 2020

For some, this is our first election. For others, this is one of many. For all of us, this is a monumental election.
We're mostly isolated from the 30,000 people we share a school with, and the typical discourse of campus is nowhere to be stumbled upon. There are no political groups tabling and shouting outside the Union. Nobody is preaching from the dry library quad fountain.
And some of us have no clue what the Union or library quad even look like.
While a significant part of us lives in a virtual world now, the physical world still turns, and Sacramento, California and the nation need to hear what students have to say. Students need to vote, and that also means students need to be informed.
Stay informed and find below all The State Hornet's election coverage, by students, for students.

Sacramento State announced the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to be on campus for the fall 2021 semester. Students, faculty and staff are required to certify their vaccination status by Sept. 13, according to an email from Sac State President Robert Nelsen. File photo.
Sac State and CSU to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall 2021, regardless of FDA approval
Vaccination status must be certified before Sept. 13 for Sac State community
Jordan Latimore July 27, 2021
Sac State will require all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus in the fall to certify their COVID-19 vaccinations by Sept. 13, according to an email from Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Tuesday.
It’s been over a year since all Sacramento State classes went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students are planning on returning to campus for the first time in the fall 2021 semester. The State Hornet compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the fall semester’s COVID-19 regulations, on-campus services and more. Graphic created in Canva.
FAQ: Everything you need to know about Sac State’s return to campus in fall 2021
Chrissy Martinez and Alec Ramey May 17, 2021
It’s been over a year since all Sacramento State classes went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students are planning on returning to campus for the first time in the fall 2021 semester. The State Hornet compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the fall semester’s COVID-19 regulations, on-campus services and more.
Nursing students at Sacramento State sent a letter addressed to Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, asking for the university to pay for their summer tuition for classes the cohort was previously unable to take due to COVID-19. In order to take the courses this summer, each student will have to pay $1,850 in tuition “out of our own pockets,” the students wrote. Graphic created in Canva.
Nursing students urge Sac State to cover tuition for classes missed in pandemic
Students seek $1,850 in summer expenses
Emma Hall and Michael Pacheco May 14, 2021
Nursing students at Sacramento State sent a letter addressed to Sac State President Robert Nelsen on Wednesday asking for the university to pay for their $1,850 worth of summer tuition for classes the cohort was previously unable to take due to COVID-19.
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro spoke with the Cal State Student Association on different issues regarding the upcoming fall 2021 semester during a virtual town hall Monday, May 3, 2021. Castro said he could not promise the transition to in-person learning will be “100% smooth” but said the CSU will work to support students during the transition. Screenshot taken via Zoom.
CSU chancellor shares new details about fall 2021 campus return
‘I can’t promise that it’ll be 100% smooth’
Erick Salgado May 3, 2021
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro answered questions regarding the upcoming fall semester during a virtual town hall hosted by the Cal State Student Association.
Steve Perez, Sacramento State Provost and vice president of academic affairs, discussed COVID-19 protocols for fall 2021 on Zoom on Friday, April 30, 2021. Perez said class modalities may change in mid-June and that Sacramento State may strike physical distancing requirements, all based on CDC guidelines. Photo taken via Zoom.
Provost Steve Perez says campus may strike physical distancing requirement in fall
University monitoring CDC guidelines
Eric Jaramishian April 30, 2021
Provost Steve Perez said Sac State may strike physical distancing requirements in the fall if CDC recommendations change.
Sacramento State released their official reopening schedule for fall 2021 via a SacSend email by President Robert Nelsen on Monday. According to the schedule, all those returning to campus must be approved through OnBase and have an approved safety plan. Graphic created in Canva/Photo by Shaun Holkko.
54% of Sac State classes scheduled to have in-person components
Official reopening schedule for fall 2021 released
Emma Hall April 26, 2021
Sacramento State released their official reopening schedule for fall 2021 through a SacSend email by President Robert Nelsen on Monday.
(File photo) Rachel McMichael, nurse practitioner at the WELL, verifies the identity of Rica Co, second semester nursing student, before injecting her with the COVID-19 vaccine in the Brown Bag room in the Union on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The State Hornet spoke to several students about the decision made by the California State University system to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students, staff and faculty in fall 2021.
Sac State students react to CSU decision to require COVID-19 vaccine
‘I don't want to feel like my health may be threatened’
Mercy Sosa April 23, 2021
The State Hornet spoke to students about the decision by the California State University system to require the COVID-19 vaccine for those on campus in fall 2021.
(Clockwise from top left) Sarah Miller, Robert Wiemer, Erin Wardle and Gao Thao share their thoughts on returning to in-person classes at Sacramento State in fall 2021. Sac State students should expect to take in-person classes in the fall, according to Provost Steve Perez. Photos taken via Zoom by Michael Eskridge.
'Excited to go back': Sac State students weigh in on fall 2021 teaching modalities
Campus survey draws polarized opinions on in-person classes
Michael Eskridge, Eric Jaramishian, and Estefany Nuñez April 22, 2021
As Sacramento State plans to return to campus next fall, the first time a majority of Sac State students will have in-person classes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, students express their opinions on returning to campus for the fall 2021 semester.
(File photo) Austin Friedheim, nursing student at Sacramento State, fills the needle up with the COVID-19 vaccine to inject patients in the Brown Bag room in the Union on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The California State University system will require faculty, staff and students who will be accessing campus facilities in fall 2021 to receive the COVID-19 vaccination after the Food and Drug administration gives approval, according to an email announcement by the CSU on Thursday.
CSU to require COVID-19 vaccination for fall 2021 semester
Requirement will be established upon FDA approval
Mercy Sosa and Camryn Dadey April 22, 2021
The California State University system will require faculty, staff and students who will be accessing campus facilities in fall 2021 to receive the COVID-19 vaccination after the Food and Drug administration gives approval, according to an announcement by the CSU Thursday.
(File photo) Sacramento State students walking on campus by Mendocino Hall in September 2019. Students can now view proposed fall 2021 class schedules and course modalities on their Student Center, according to Provost Steve Perez.
Proposed fall 2021 class schedules for Sac State now visible on Student Center
Camryn Dadey, news editor • April 16, 2021
Proposed fall 2021 class schedules and course modalities are now visible to Sacramento State students on their Student Center, according to Provost Steve Perez.
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Scenes from Election Day

View our developing photo essay here.

Do you have a plan to vote?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the voting process in California has undergone a few changes. Every registered voter in California should receive a vote-by-mail ballot, which can be submitted in a few ways. Some California counties also offer early voting, Election Day voting and same day registration. Not sure where you stand in the process? The State Hornet has created a step-by-step guide to make sure your vote gets counted in California.
Click the underlined links in the infographic below to access voter and ballot information online.
NOTE: This voting guide is specific to California. If you live out-of-state, please check your state’s voting guidelines.

Do you know where to vote?

All of the county’s 84 voting centers and 86 ballot drop boxes can be found on the map published by Sacramento County below.

A Proposition for You

Broadcast editor Ian Ratliff has a proposition for you. Watch our one-minute breakdowns of the propositions that will affect students the most, and see live results for the propositions here, courtesy of CalMatters.

Proposition 16 would essentially repeal Proposition 209.

In 1996, voters passed Proposition 209, banning the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity and national origin in public employment, public education and public contracting, according to Lourdes Morales, principal fiscal and policy analyst at the LAO.
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Proposition 17 extends voting rights to people who have completed their terms in prison but are still on state parole.

Luke Koushmaro, fiscal and policy analyst at the LAO said with roughly 50,000 people on state parole, there will be increases in workload at a county level and state level.
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Proposition 21 would modify the limitations of the current rent control policies in order for cities and counties to apply rent control to more properties.

It would allow cities and counties to apply rent control to most properties over 15 years old and single-family homes owned by individuals that have three or more properties.
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Proposition 22 would make app-based drivers for ride-hailing and delivery companies independent contractors instead of employees.

Ride-hailing services include app-based bookings for private cars or taxis like Uber and Lyft. Ride-sharing is the term used in the proposition and refers to services that allow booking of shared shuttles, but the proposition would apply to ride-hailing services as well.
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Proposition 24 would expand human privacy rights, giving consumers new rights like the control to have businesses not share their information and personal data, to correct data and to limit sensitive personal data like social security numbers, according to Anita Lee, principal fiscal and policy analyst at the LAO.

Businesses collect information about people from public sources, consumers and other businesses to help in ads, consumer predictions and providing services, Lee said.
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Information on the other propositions can be found here.

All about Sacramento city ballot measures

The Sacramento Mayoral Accountability and Community Equity Act of 2020, also known as Measure A or the “strong mayor” proposal, if passed would reform Sacramento’s governing system from a council-manager government to a mayor-council government.
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Measure B on Sacramento’s Ballot this year, also called the Independent Redistricting Timeline Exception, focuses on the timeline of redistricting that the city follows after receiving population data from the 2020 census.
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Measure C on Sacramento’s ballot this year, also known as the Sacramento Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Charter Amendment, would replace the Sacramento Tenant Protection Act adopted in 2019.
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Prefer to listen?

Podcast editor Robbie Pierce talks with Dann Mead, the co-founder of the Racial Harmony Project recently featured in a Comstock’s Magazine article by State Hornet multimedia editor Sara Nevis for his electoral activism, about the 2020 ballot measures and propositions and how they might affect Sacramento residents.

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Nathan Dietrich of Sacramento State’s division of public affairs and advocacy talks all about the history of the Modoc Hall Vote Center and how you can use it this year.

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