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10 Things You Need to Know About Election Day

October 13, 2016 9:00 AM
by Lisa Pope

10 Things You Need to Know About Election Day

 1. What am I voting for?

Santa Monica votes on November 8, 2016.  Information regarding local elections is available at  You should have received your Voter Guide from the State, Sample Ballot from the County, and check your mailbox for the City’s Supplemental Sample Ballot.

2. How can I learn about the candidates?

Candidate Statements and Videos are now available on the Election Videos page

3. When is the last day to register to vote?

The voter registration deadline is October 24. Register to vote online or join us at an upcoming Farmers Market to register in person:

October 19 and 22 at the DTSM Farmers Market

October 22 at the Virginia Avenue Park Farmers Market

October 23 at the Main Street Farmers Market

4. Am I already registered to vote?

To find out if you are currently registered to vote, check your registration status.

5. Where is my polling place?

Your polling place location is printed on the back of your Sample Ballot.  You can also find your polling location online.


6. What hours are the polling places open?

All polling place locations are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


7. When can I start voting?

You may request a Vote-by-Mail ballot now through November 1. The Vote by Mail Drop-Off Program begins October 11 - November 7 (see press release for more information).


8. How can I help?

Volunteer to be a Poll Worker TODAY!


9. What should I do if I have just moved? Am I required to re-register?

Your voter registration record should always reflect your current residence. However, if you have moved from your home into a temporary residence (not your permanent residence), then you can continue to use your prior permanent residence where you were registered to vote as your address for the purpose of voting.


10. Can I vote online? Is online voter registration related to online voting?

No. For security reasons, California law prohibits casting a ballot over the Internet. This also means that county elections officials cannot accept marked ballots sent via email from military and overseas voters. If you are a voter as defined by the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, then you may return your voted ballot to your county elections office only by mail or fax.

If you have a question, or for more information about Election Day, visit

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