Important Information About Voting from Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin

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January 31, 2020
Dear Friends,

The March 3 election is right around the corner -- and voting is going to be very different from what you’re used to. The city does not determine these rules or manage our elections, but I want to be sure you are aware of them, and how they will impact your opportunity to participate in the election.

 
The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, which runs our elections, is instituting new voting machines, and new voting locations. And for many California voters, there is an extra step you need to take if you want to vote in the presidential primary.

THE NEW VOTING SYSTEM
 
The LA County Registrar has done away with voting on a single day in a neighborhood polling place with a paper ballot. Under the new system, you can vote over an 11-day period on touch screens at regional voting centers (see where the voting centers will be located here). While the new system is supposed to make voting faster, easier and more convenient, some people will no doubt find it unfamiliar or confusing.  
 
And there is a website with further details here: https://lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voting-options/new-voting-experience/
 
The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has also prepared a video demonstration that you can see here: https://youtu.be/m3GE9lvkmFE

VOTING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
 
If you are not a member of a political party (if you are registered as “no party preference” or “decline to state”), you will not see any presidential candidates on your ballot unless you take an extra step and request a different ballot for one of the parties that allows voting from unaffiliated voters. If you vote at the polls, you can request in person, but if you vote by mail, you need to fill out a postcard and mail it back in. 
 
You can find out more on the Secretary of State’s website: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-info/how-vote-president/?#*
 
These are some pretty big changes, and they are bound to cause some confusion. While the city does not run these elections, our right to vote is fundamental, so I want to be sure voters are informed and prepared. Please share this information with your family members, friends, and neighbors.
 
Regards,
MIKE BONIN
Councilmember, 11th District
 
Contact:
Morgan Bostic, Venice Area Rep
morgan.bostic@lacity.org, (213) 473-7011