OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Every vote is important. We've heard this sentiment quite often this election year - and the volunteers at Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center are working to ensure that patients who are in the hospital on Election Day are still able to vote. On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 7 and 8, many patients will find themselves unexpectedly hospitalized at Alta Bates Summit's facilities in Berkeley and Oakland. From a new mother to a heart attack patient, these individuals may not have planned on being an inpatient on Election Day. Thanks to the Alta Bates Summit Volunteer Services Department, each eligible patient who wishes to vote will be able to. This true volunteer labor of love is led by Susan Abalos, Alta Bates Summit Director of Volunteers. Because of her efforts and her hardworking volunteer team, two days of tireless work will connect hospitalized registered voters with the appropriate ballots in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Abalos has been preparing Alta Bates Summit's volunteer corps for several weeks to make this program possible. "This amounts to two fairly intense days," says Abalos, "But it's a tradition we've had and it's worth it. On Monday morning we distribute a postcard on each patient's breakfast tray, letting them know they can still vote, and giving them the information they need to contact us." Patients at the three campuses of Alta Bates Summit will be given the opportunity to vote if they are registered voters and have not previously requested an absentee ballot. The Herrick and Alta Bates campuses in Berkeley and the Summit Campus in Oakland will have volunteers working throughout the two-day period in a complex, coordinated effort. Volunteers have secured Absentee Ballots from the Contra Costa Registrar's Office in Martinez and the Alameda County Registrar's Office in Oakland. These will ultimately be filled out by the patients who have requested to vote from their hospital beds. Ballots are offered in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Chinese. Volunteers assisting patients with completing the application or the ballots will also be able to use the Alta Bates Summit phone interpreter service for Spanish and Chinese speaking patients.