Here are some quick details to help you prepare to cast your vote:
If you vote by mail and have not returned your ballot, you must bring it to any polling place in your county before polls close at 8:00 PM.
If you experience any problems at your polling place call the national voter protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
Your polling place should be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you cannot go to your polling place, you can vote using a provisional ballot at any polling place in your county of residence.
Every voter who is in line by 8:00 p.m. at a polling place must be allowed to vote.
If you are asked to show ID and you have it with you, you should do so. However, if you do not have ID, you can always vote with a provisional ballot.
Most voters do not need to show any ID to vote. A first-time voter, who registered by mail and did not provide his/her driver license, California ID number or the last four digits of his/her social security number on the registration form, may be asked to show an acceptable form of ID. The following are acceptable forms of ID: (1) a copy of a recent utility bill; (2) the sample ballot booklet received from the County elections office; (3) a passport; (4) a drivers license; (5) an official state ID card; or (6) a student ID showing his/her name and a photograph.
We recommend all vote-by-mail ballots be sent by the Thursday before the election. After that, you need to return your ballot in person. You can drop off your ballot at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk Office at 12400 Imperial Hwy. Norwalk, CA or to any precinct worker at a polling place within your county of residence. Ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day cannot be counted regardless of postmarks.
If you are ill or have a physical disability, you may designate a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister or a person residing in the same household as the vote-by-mail-voter to return your voted ballot for you. Your designated person may return it in person to the election office or to a polling place in your county. The voter must sign and date the envelope containing the ballot to certify their consent.
What should I do if I applied to vote-by-mail, but did not receive my ballot by Election Day or misplaced the ballot?
You should vote using a provisional ballot at your polling place.
You are entitled by law to take up to two hours off work to vote without loss of pay by giving your employer previous notice.
The only person who can challenge your right to vote is an official County or City precinct worker. Intimidating voters is against the law. Please report any incident like this to official precinct workers.
You can ask for a ballot in your language. If not available, there may be a posted translation. A non-native English speaker may also request assistance from a precinct worker.
If you can’t read or write, or have a physical disability, you can ask for assistance.
You can have a precinct worker come outside the polling place and allow you to vote there.
You can bring your children under 18 into the voting booth with you.
If you make a mistake, you have the right to twice receive a replacement ballot.
You can use your prior permanent residence, where you were registered to vote, as your address for the purpose of voting.
How do I report problems at my polling place, such as voter intimidation, long lines or unresponsive precinct workers?
You should immediately call the national voter protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
If there is ever a question about your right to vote, you can always vote by provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is the same as a regular ballot, but it won’t be counted until county officials are able to confirm your registration information after the election.
In some cases, documentation of your residence address may be required.
You should vote a provisional ballot IF:
- Election officials can’t confirm your registration.
- You received a vote-by-mail ballot but never returned it.
- Records show that you have moved.
- It appears that you have already voted.
- You are voting at a polling place outside your home precinct.