7 Things to Know About Voting in 2020

January 14, 2020
by Maria Dacanay

7 Things to Know About Voting in 2020


1. California Primary Elections were moved up from June to Tuesday, March 3, 2020.


2. The process for No Party Preference voters to request a party’s primary ballot remains the same, and more information can be obtained from the Los Angeles (LA) County Clerk’s Office. 


3. Voting By Mail (VBM) remains the same and ballots may be:

  • Turned in at a VBM Drop-Off Location such as Santa Monica City Hall, Santa Monica Main Library or Fairview Library;
  • Dropped-off at any voting location in L.A. County on Election Day; or
  • Mailed with no postage necessary.
 NOTE: In California, ballots postmarked by Election Day and received within 3 days by the LA County Clerk’s Office, will process, verify and count those ballots.

4. The I Voted Sticker remains the same and will continue to be enclosed with VBM ballots or given at voting locations.


5. The 10-Day Early Voting Period (in-person) remains the same and will be offered at select voting locations such as the Santa Monica Main Library, Joslyn Park, Marine Park and Virginia Avenue Park. Early Voting Centers will be available throughout LA County.


6. Vote Centers (formerly Polling Places) can quickly accommodate any voter registered in Los Angeles County thanks to electronic rosters that allow election workers access to voting data in real-time to look up pending/cast ballots or process conditional voter registration forms. More Vote Centers will be available from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. throughout LA County.


7New Ballot Marking Devices will now offer accessible and multilingual features allowing voters to arrange the device based on their needs and vote privately and independently. Check out this device now at a Demo Center near you.


For more information on the new voting experience, hear the County’s presentation to the City Council at the February 11 Council meeting or go to www.lavote.net.

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