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Answers About Voting in LA County

Posted February 12, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

You know voting rates is one of the metrics we keep an eye on at LA2050. Primary voting starts on February 22 in 2020, so here are answers to some of your questions about voting in LA County.

Am I eligible to vote?

  • Yes, if you are a US citizen or state resident
  • Yes, if you are 18 years or older on election day (March 3)
  • Yes, if you are not currently in state or federal prison, or on felony parole*
  • Yes, if you are not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court

*Some individuals incarcerated in LA County Jails are still eligible to vote.

How do I register to vote?

If you want to register to vote online or by mail, you must do so here by February 18. You can still register to vote online after this deadline, but when you vote you must bring your email confirmation with you.

If you miss this deadline, you can also register to vote in-person at a county elections office, neighborhood polling place or community vote center.

If you're registering to vote for the first time in California, make sure you know what identification you need to provide!

For more specific questions, read the LA County Clerk's FAQs here. You can verify your voter registration status here.

How do I vote?

If you're an LA County voter, you can cast a ballot at any vote center in the county. Find the vote center closest to you using this interactive map.

If you want to vote by mail, you must request a ballot here by February 25.

To return it by mail, your ballot needs to be postmarked on or before March 3 and arrive at a county elections office by March 6. No stamps necessary!

You can also drop it off in-person at any Vote by Mail drop box or at any vote center in LA County before 8pm on March 3. Don't forget to sign the envelope for your Vote by Mail ballot!

When does voting begin?

Some vote centers will open on February 22 while others will open on February 29. Centers are open from 9am-5pm. On March 3, all vote centers will be open from 7am-8pm.

Scheduled to work on Election Day? Under California law, you can take up to 2 paid hours off to vote in a statewide election as long as you notify your employer at least 2 working days before.

What else is new about voting this year?

Check out our article on 5 major changes to the way LA County votes this year for more information on our newly redesigned system.

For all other information on the California primary, you can read the official voter information guide here, as well as LA County-specific information here.

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