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Ballot Drop Boxes Open Now Through September 14


As we reported a couple of weeks ago, voting is now open for the September 14 California gubernatorial recall election.  One of the several very convenient ways to vote in the election is to drop your ballot into one of the county’s 400 ballot drop boxes…which were unlocked last week and will remain open for safe, secure, and contact-free voting through 8 p.m. on election day.


Ballot drop boxes closest to our Buzz readership area. Click the map for details of the locations, or to zoom out and find even more ballot boxes across LA County.


In our area, the closest ballot drop boxes are at our local libraries:

  • Wilshire Branch – 149 N. St. Andrews Place
  • John C. Fremont Branch – 6121 Melrose Ave.
  • Memorial Branch – 4625 W. Olympic Blvd.
  • Fairfax Branch – 161 N. Gardner St.

The Westside Jewish Community Center (5870 W. Olympic Blvd.) also has a ballot drop box, as does the Hollywood Recreation Center (1122 Cole Ave.).

If you haven’t already returned your ballot and would like to take it to a drop box, make sure your ballot is properly completed before dropping it:

  • Place the completed ballot inside the official return envelope
  • Securely seal the envelope
  • Sign and date the back of the envelope

And this year’s ballot is easy to complete – there are just two questions:  1. a yes/no selection on the recall question, and 2) a choice of candidate to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom if the “yes” votes are successful.  (It’s also important to note, however, that you may choose to vote on just one of the two questions (for example, vote yes or no on the first question, and then leave the candidate question blank)…and/or choose a replacement candidate even if you vote “no” on the recall itself.  Both are valid options.)

Ballots are collected from the drop boxes frequently, and you can check the status of your ballot with the county’s online ballot status tool.

Of course, you can also drop your completed ballot into the U.S. Mail…or you can drop your ballot or vote in person at a local Vote Center between September 4 and 14.  According toLA Vote, “Safe and accessible in-person voting will be available in this election beginning Saturday, September 4. Days and Hours: September 4-September 13: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Election Day, September 14: 7 a.m.– 8 p.m.

[Note:  this story was updated after publication to add the Vote Center dates and times.]



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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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    • Yes, there will be in-person voting on September 14. Haven’t seen a list of polling places yet, but we’ll report them when we have them.

      • I should have said “will the vote centers be open early,” but your answer of Sept. 14 suggests that they will only be open on voting day.

        • According toLA Vote, “Safe and accessible in-person voting will be available in this election beginning Saturday, September 4. Days and Hours: September 4-September 13: 10 AM – 7 PM; Election Day, September 14: 7 AM – 8 PM.”


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