Voting Solutions For All People, November General Election FAQ

VOTER REGISTRATION 

 WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

  • You can register online at LAVote.net. Registration must be submitted no later than October 19 to be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot.
  • You can also register by returning a paper form by mail.  Registration forms are available at most government offices, including the Registrar Headquarters in Norwalk, DMV, and the U.S. Post Office.

 
 HOW CAN I CHECK IF I’M REGISTERED TO VOTE OR MY REGISTRATION STATUS?

  • Voters can check their registration status at LAVote.net/vrstatus

 
 CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE AT A VOTE CENTER?

  • Yes. Eligible, non-registered voters can go to any Vote Center in Los Angeles County and both register to vote and cast a ballot via Conditional Voter Registration. Once your registration has been verified, your ballot is then counted during the Official Canvass Period.

 
 HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES TO MY VOTER REGISTRATION?

  • If you have moved, changed your name, or want to change your political party affiliation you must re- register to vote.
  • You can re-register to vote online or with a paper form. We encourage you to make any changes prior to the registration deadline, October 19 to be mailed a Vote by Mail Ballot.

 
 DO ALL REGISTERED VOTERS RECEIVE A SAMPLE BALLOT?

  • Yes. All registered voters will be mailed a Sample Ballot book as early as 40 days before Election Day. Voters can also access their Sample Ballot online at LAVote.net/ISB.

 
 
VOTE BY MAIL 
 
WILL ALL REGISTERED VOTERS BE MAILED A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?

  • Yes. Los Angeles County will mail all registered voters a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure voters have a safe and accessible voting option during COVID-19.

 
 WHEN DO VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS BEGIN MAILING?

  • Vote by Mail ballots begin mailing October 5.

 
CAN I TRACK MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?

  • Yes. Voters can track their Vote by Mail ballot and receive notifications by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot at california.ballottrax.net
  • You may begin tracking your ballot October 5.
     WHERE CAN I FIND A LIST OF VOTE BY MAIL DROP BOX LOCATIONS?
  • Vote by Mail Drop Box locations will be posted to LAVote.net in early October.
  • A list of Drop Boxes near the voter’s residence will be included in the Vote by Mail packet.
 
 CAN I REQUEST A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?
  • Yes. Call the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Multilingual Services Section at (800) 815-2666, option 3 to request election materials in another language.
  • Los Angeles County provides fully translated voting materials in Armenian, Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Thai and Russian.
  • Additionally, facsimile ballots are available upon request in Burmese, Telugu, Gujarti, Indonesian, Mongolian and Bengali.
 
 HOW DO I FILL OUT MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
  • Instructions on how to fill out your Vote by Mail ballot are included on the ballot itself. Please remember to use a black or blue ink pen when filling in your selections.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY VOTE BY MAIL PACKET?
  • Your Vote by Mail packet will include your official Vote by Mail ballot cards, a post-paid return envelope, a list of Vote by Mail Drop Box locations near your residence, and your “I Voted” sticker.
  • Given the size of this election you will receive multiple Vote by Mail ballot cards with contests on both the front and back.
 
 WHEN SHOULD I RETURN MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
  • As early as possible! We encourage you to participate in the election by safely returning your Vote by Mail ballot.
  • If you return your ballot by mail it must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3 and received within 17 days after Election Day.
 
HOW DO I RETURN MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
  • You have multiple options on how to return your ballot. We encourage you to please return your Vote by Mail ballot as early as possible.
  • Return options:
    • By Mail: must be postmarked by Election Day – remember no postage is required.
    • Vote by Mail Drop Box: drop your ballot in any of the 400 Drop Boxes throughout LA County.
    • Vote Center: all Vote Centers also act as a Vote by Mail Drop Box location.
  • A full list of Vote by Mail Drop Boxes and Vote Centers will be available online at LAVote.net.
WHAT CAN I DO IF I DON’T RECEIVE MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
  • We begin mailing ballots October 5 – please allow some time for it to arrive.
  • Subscribe to Where’s My Ballot to track your ballot every step of the way and receive an estimated arrival date.
  • Request options:
    • Contact the Registrar’s office by calling (800) 815-2666, option 2 or emailing votebymail@rrcc.lacounty.gov with your full name, date of birth, and address.
    • Request a replacement ballot at LAVote.net/ReplaceBallot.
  • The deadline to request a replacement is October 27. 
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DAMAGE OR LOSE MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
  • You can request a replacement Vote by Mail packet.
  • Request options:
    • Contact the Registrar’s office by calling (800) 815-2666, option 2 or emailing votebymail@rrcc.lacounty.gov with your full name, date of birth, and address.
    • Request a replacement ballot at LAVote.net/ReplaceBallot.
  • The deadline to request a replacement is October 27. 
 DO I NEED TO RETURN ALL THE BALLOT CARDS FOR MY SELECTIONS TO BE COUNTED?
  • No. We encourage you to return all ballot cards; however, we will tally all votes cast on the ballot cards returned.
 
 WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SIGNATURE ON THE RETURN ENVELOPE IS MISSING OR DOESN’T MATCH THE SIGNATURE ON FILE?
  • The Los Angeles County Registrar’s office will mail a notice informing you that the signature was either missing or it did not match. The notice also includes detailed instructions on how to return the notice and a timeline for it to be returned.
IN-PERSON VOTING 
  
WILL IN-PERSON VOTING BE AVAILABLE?
  • Yes. Select Vote Centers will be available beginning Saturday, October 24 and all Vote Centers will be available Friday, October 30.
  • Vote Centers will be open every day beginning October 24 from 10 AM to 7 PM, and from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day.
 
WILL VOTE CENTERS BE SAFE FOR IN-PERSON VOTING DURING COVID-19?
  • Yes. All Vote Centers will follow State and County public health and safety guidelines.
  • All voters who vote in-person will be required to wear a facial covering – facial coverings and gloves will be provided if needed.
  • All Election Workers at the Vote Center will wear facial coverings, gloves, and wipe down surfaces and devices on a regular basis.
  • All Vote Centers will practice social distancing.
 
  HOW CAN I FIND A VOTE CENTER?
  • A full list of Vote Centers will be available on LAVote.net in early October. The online locator tool will also include a new wait time feature so you know which location has the shortest wait time.
  • All registered voters will be mailed a postcard listing the nearest Vote Centers to their residence.
  • Additionally, in mid-October a full Vote Center book will be mailed to all postal patrons in the County.
 
  WHAT CAN I DO TO SPEED UP THE VOTING PROCESS AT THE VOTE CENTER?
  • Use the Interactive Sample Ballot. Easily access and fill out your Sample Ballot online with your phone or computer and take your Poll Pass (QR Code) with you to the Vote Center. Access your Interactive Sample Ballot at ISB.LAvote.net.
  • Take the Quick Check-in Code on your Sample Ballot to any Vote Center. This allows the Election Workers to quickly find and print your official ballot. You can also access your Quick Check-in Code at LAVote.net/VRStatus
 
  DO I NEED TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE AT A VOTE CENTER?
  • No. California law prohibits Election Workers to request identification upon check-in at a Vote Center.
  • However, if you’re registering to vote for the first time you must provide a valid California driver’s license or State ID card identification number. If you don’t have forms of ID you can provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • New voters voting in a federal election may have to show a form of ID or proof of residency the first time they vote, if a driver’s license or social security number was not provided when registering. 
IS IT TRUE THAT PROVISIONAL BALLOTS DON’T GET COUNTED?
  • False. Provisional ballots will be counted after elections officials have confirmed you are registered to vote in Los Angeles County, and you did not already vote in that election.
  • A post card will be mailed 30 days after the election to voters who cast a Provisional Ballot letting them know their ballot was counted.
For more information, visit LAVote.net