Key Dates: Register by May 3; Request a Vote-By-Mail ballot by May 12
(This story has been updated Thursday, April 23 with additional information.) Sample ballots have arrived in the mail boxes of registered voters this week. On the back of the ballot is the Vote-By-Mail (VBM) application. Simply mail or fax that form to the City Clerk’s office to request your ballot, then mail the VBM ballot or deliver it to the polling place listed on your ballot on May 19.
Everyone who can, should vote on May 19 because the winner will represent CD 4 on the Los Angeles City Council and is likely to have the greatest impact on our daily lives, more than any other elected official. Also, this race is likely to be very close. Only 85 votes separated the top two candidates in the primary once again demonstrating that every vote really does count. It’s especially important with low voter turnout, expected to be even lower this time since this is the only race on the ballot. If you missed out on the primary, don’t miss the general election.
To be eligible to vote, you must have registered by May 3 or 15 days before Election Day. If you need to register or re-register to vote you can do that online at the California Voter Registration website.
To register on line at you will need:
- Your California driver license or California identification card number,
- The last four digits of your social security number,
- Your date of birth.
If you are already registered to vote, but you can’t vote in person on May 19, you can request a Vote-By-Mail (VBM) ballot. You have to request your ballot in writing to the Los Angeles City Clerk by May 12. Use the highlighted links or visit the Los Angeles City Clerk website and click the link to download the form. Complete the form and mail it in no later than 5 pm on May 12, 2015. Applications can be mailed to the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division, 555 Ramirez St., Space 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or faxed to (213) 978-0611 or (213) 978-0612.
Once you get your ballot, vote right away and mail in your ballot. It must be at the City Clerk’s office before polls close at 8 pm to be counted on election day.