Making Democracy Work

Voting Process

How to Register to Vote, Election Calendar & Much More!

"Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The League offers the public an array of products and services designed to assist voters through the voting process. In addition to the services described below, more is available on our resources page.

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Voter's Edge California

  • VOTER ELIGIBILITY
    You are eligible to vote in California if you are:
    • a citizen of the United States
    • eighteen years of age or older on or before the date of the election
    • a resident of California for 15 days by the day of the election
    • not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
    • have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register to vote
    • registered to vote

  • HOW TO REGISTER

    Pick up a registration form at the Office of the City Clerk, the Post Office, Library, banks, most County buildings, State Motor Vehicle offices, public assistance offices, the Fire Department, the Registrar of Voters or the Office of the League of Women Voters. Alternatively, the form can be found online below.

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    Fill out the form, sign, and mail. Postage is free. The County Registrar of Voters will send you a card verifying your registration. Failure to vote in an election does not cancel your registration. You can also request a form from the Secretary of State's Office.

    In order to vote in the nearest upcoming election, your registration form must be postmarked about two weeks in advance. Specific dates are given at the Secretary of State's website.

    For more details, read the Guide to Voter Registration (PDF).


  • ARE YOU A NEW RESIDENT?

    Voters who have moved within 15 days of the election without notifying the L.A. County Registrar's Office of the address change, may vote at the polling location for either the new or prior residence address or at the Registrar/Recorder/County Clerk's Office in Norwalk.


  • WHEN TO VOTE

    Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


  • LOCAL ELECTIONS

    City elections take place every odd-numbered year in March and May.


  • STATE AND NATIONAL ELECTIONS

    The Primary Election is the first Tuesday following the first Monday in June every even-numbered years. This election is to nominate the candidates from each political party for the general election, which will be held in November of that year.

    The General Election is the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November every even-numbered year.

    Other items that may appear on the March and November ballots are ballot measures, bond acts, constitutional changes and propositions.


  • SAMPLE BALLOTS & VOTING MATERIAL

    All registered voters will receive a sample ballot and voting pamphlet in the mail approximately three weeks before each election. The location of your polling place is designated on the back. Study and mark the sample ballot. Take it with you to the voting booth as a guide.

    Instead of a paper version, you may request to receive an E-Sample Ballot.

    The pamphlet has information on the candidates and measures to assist in making informed choices before voting.


  • VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS Any voter may apply for a mail-in ballot up to 7 days before the election. No special reason is required. The back cover of your Sample Ballot is pre-addressed form to request a mailed ballot. A stamp is required.

    You can also request to vote by mail online. Go to http://www.lavote.net and click on the yellow box entitled "Vote by Mail" on top of the page. http://www/lavote.net/VOTER/Absentee_Voting.cfm

    There is also an application for permanent vote by mail status on http://www.lavote.net but you can not apply online. You must download the form, fill and sign, and mail it to the County Registrar's office. You can also call or write to request permanent vote by mail status (See address above). Once you receive permanent vote by mail status you will automatically receive a ballot in the mail without re-applying each election. You will have permanent vote by mail status until you fail to vote in two statewide general elections (4 years) or your request cancellation.

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