Safe Voting Options for the November 3, 2020 Election

September 24, 2020 3:11 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – City Clerk staff will present changes to the voting process for the November General Election at the September 29th City Council meeting.   

Something unique to Los Angeles County this year is a pilot program for an alternate ballot order where local elections will appear first on the ballot.  This election, Vote-By-Mail (VBM) ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the County as a contact-less voting option.  If voters choose to return their ballots by mail, the deadline to return them to the LA County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder’s Office was extended to 17 days provided that it is postmarked by Election Day. Voters can sign up at to receive notifications when their ballots are being mailed, received and processed by the LA County Clerk’s Office.

Outdoor VBM Ballot Drop-Off Boxes will be installed at the Main Library, Montana Branch Library, Virginia Avenue Park, and Marine Park as another option to return VBM ballots.  Former Fire Station 1, at 1444 7th St, will serve as a 5-Day Vote Center.  A full List of Vote Center Locations in Santa Monica is pending at and voters will also have the option to return VBM ballots at these Vote Centers.

Voters choosing to vote in-person will be asked by election workers to wear a face covering, maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from others, and follow other guidance provided at the voting center. 

The public is invited to watch or listen and learn more about what is new with the November election at the next special City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 29 after 6 p.m. 

To join this meeting, select from the following options:

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Phone: +1 (415) 466-7000 (US), PIN: 5675903 #

Unable to attend? After the meeting, watch a recording of the video at or go to smvote.orgfor more information.


Media Contact

Denise Anderson-Warren
Director of Records and Election Services


City Clerk's Office