Election Day March 3rd
Early Voting Begins on February 22nd
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Los Angeles County has recently launched a new, electronic voting system called Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP), which utilizes digital marking devices making voting more efficient. It is not online voting, and will print a paper ballot to ensure security after you’ve cast your vote. New Vote Centers will replace polling locations, giving voters the opportunity to vote anywhere in the county as early as 10 days before election day.
You will also have the option to prepare your ballot ahead of time through an Interactive Sample Ballot using a computer, mobile phone, or tablet. After making your selection, a “poll pass” with a unique QR code will be created which you can take to the vote center, scan it into the machine and transfer your selections to the Ballot Marking Device (BMD). You can then review and/or change your selections before casting your ballot.
The new system will provide ballots in multiple languages. It will also be accessible to voters with mobility or audio visual challenges.
- February 3, 2020 Vote by mail ballots start to hit homes
- February 18, 2020 Last day to register to vote if you want to vote from home. Same-day voter registration will be available at any Vote Center in the County. You can register on the spot and vote.
- February 22 – March 3, 2020 Early voting begins at 1000 Vote Centers 10 days before Election Day
- February 25, 2020 Last day to submit applications for vote by mail ballots
- March 3, 2020 ELECTION DAY – Voter Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2 Ways to vote
Vote by Mail
All registered voters in Los Angeles County have the option to vote by mail. If you are registered as a permanent vote by mail voter, look for your ballot in the mail starting on February 3, 2020.
Remember, your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day, March 3rd and received within three (3) days by the County Registrar’s office to be counted. If you have not mailed/dropped off your ballot at a designated dropbox by the deadline, you can drop it off at any voting center on Election Day or postmark your ballot by Election Day.
If you are not registered as a permanent vote by mail voter but would like to vote by mail, you can request a vote by mail ballot, either by re-registering online at lavote.net and choosing the “Permanent Vote by Mail” option or by submitting a paper application, which are available for both permanent and one time vote by mail voters. Just a remember, applications have to be received by the Registrar’s office by February 25, 2020.
You can find a vote by mail application in the back of your sample ballot or online at lavote.net
Vote In Person
From February 22- March 3rd you can vote at any one of the 1,000 vote centers in the county.
What is the County Central Committee?
It is the governing body of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
During the March 3rd, 2020, Primary Elections you will be asked to vote for an office called the County Central Committee. You may not be familiar with this office but who you elect to serve on the Country Central Committee will determine the direction the Democratic party takes for the next four years.
The 43rd district is the largest Democratic Party entity in the United States, and represents nearly 2.7 million registered Democrats in the 88 cities of Los Angeles County – a population larger than 42 individual states!
The County Central Committee develops Party policies and positions, evaluates and decides on which candidates and issues to endorse in local and municipal elections, and provides a grassroots forum for the study and discussion of public policy issues and their impact. Most importantly, the County Central Committee works to educate the public, and encourage the fullest possible participation of all Democratic voters!
Who can vote?
Registered Democrats can elect seven (7) members to the County Central Committee. Elen is also supporting the following candidates for DCCC 43rd AD – Malcolm Johnson, Ana Guerrero, Linda Perez, Steven Fischer, Ingrid Gunnell.
The 43rd district encompasses the cities of Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, and certain parts of Los Angeles including Hollywood Hills, East Hollywood, Little Armenia, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village.
If you are an independent voter, please be aware that many independent voters mistakenly register as “American Independent,” rather than “decline to state,” because the word independent causes confusion. The American Independent Party is a far-right political party founded by a segregationist Alabama Governor.
If you’re not sure about which party you are registered with, you can check your voter registration status here.
If you aren’t registered as a Democrat but want to vote in the Democratic Primaries make sure you re-register at least 15 days before the election or request a democratic ballot at a Vote Center on Election Day.
Know your voting rights:
Can I register to Vote?
You may register to vote in L.A. County if you are:
- A citizen of the United States.
- At least 18 years of age or older on or before Election Day.
- Not found mentally incompetent by a court of law.
What are my voting rights?
1. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are a valid registered voter without showing ID.
A valid registered voter means a United States citizen who is a resident in this state, who is at least 18 years of age and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, and who is registered to vote at his or her current residence address.
California law doesn’t require you to show ID in order to vote. If you are asked to show ID and you have it with you, you should do so. HOWEVER, if you do not have ID, YOU CAN ALWAYS VOTE A “PROVISIONAL BALLOT.”
2. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls.
IF THERE IS EVER A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE, YOU CAN ALWAYS VOTE BY “PROVISIONAL BALLOT.” You can vote a provisional ballot at ANY polling place in your city. Be sure to fill out your address and sign your “Provisional Ballot” before turning it in!
You should vote provisional if:
- You are asked to show ID but don’t have any with you.
- Elections officials can’t confirm your registration.
- Records show you have moved.
- You never received or failed to turn in your Vote by Mail ballot.
3. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at Vote Center prior to the close of the polls at 8:00PM.
4. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation.
5. If at any time before you finally cast your ballot, you feel you have made a mistake, you have the right to twice exchange the spoiled ballot for a new ballot. Vote-by-Mail voters may also request and receive a new ballot if they return their spoiled ballot to an election’ss official prior to the closing of the polls on election day.
6. You have the right to receive assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance. If you need help voting because of a disability, if you can’t read or write, have a language barrier or have a physical disability, you can ask for assistance and take someone in the booth with you. If your polling place is inaccessible because you have a physical disability, you can always have a precinct worker come outside the polling place and allow you to vote there.
7. You have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any Vote Center in the county.
8. If you need time off from work to vote, you can take up to two hours off work to vote without loss of pay by giving your employer notice in advance (usually the Friday before elections).
9. You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and observe the election process. You have the right to ask questions of the precinct board and elections officials regarding election procedures and to receive an answer or be directed to the appropriate official for an answer. However, if persistent questioning disrupts the execution of their duties, the board or election officials may discontinue responding to questions.
10. If you believe you have been denied any of these rights, or you are aware of any election fraud or misconduct, call the Secretary of State’s confidential toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local elections official or to the Secretary of State’s Office.
DO NOT LEAVE THE VOTE CENTER UNTIL YOU HAVE FiNISHED VOTING.