Voting FAQs & Information

Long Beach NAACP Encourages You To Vote!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the branch encourages you to vote from home. Vote-by-Mail Ballots have been mailed this month. Should you chose to do so, your ballot needs to be POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 3, 2020.

View more details about Long Beach’s ballot boxes in our post Long Beach City Will Be Home To 16 Vote By Mail Drop Boxes.

Be Sure to Register & Update Your Info Today

Just received citizenship? After your Citizenship and Immigration Services ceremony, you are eligible to register

Recently moved? Each year, an estimated 30+ million Americans move. Whether you have moved across the country or down the street, it’s important to keep your registration records updated.

Recently married? Tied the knot and recently changed your name? Be sure to get your voter registration records updated.

Just turned 18? Celebrate your 18th birthday by registering to vote to participate in the November election! It only takes 2 minutes!

Visit https://registertovote.ca.gov/ to complete!

Confirm your Voter Registration (LA County Registrar Recorder): https://www.lavote.net/vrstatus

Take Note of These Important Dates!

Sep 24th – Official Sample Ballot Booklets Mailed

Oct 5th – Vote By Mail Ballots Mailed

Oct 19th – Last Day to Register to Vote

Nov 3rd – Last Day to Return a Vote By Mail Ballot

Take Note of These Important Dates!

Important Resources for Long Beach Residents

Long Beach City Clerk’s Office Official Website; provides resources to check your voting registration, finding a voting center, and how to track your ballot: http://www.longbeach.gov/cityclerk/elections/current-election/ 

List of 16 Vote By Mail Drop Boxes in  the City of Long  Beach: http://www.longbeach.gov/cityclerk/press-releases/city-will-be-home-to-16-vote-by-mail-drop-boxes-in-presidential-general-election/ 

Sample Ballot Generator; Find all other races occurring alongside the Presidential election: https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

What is an Election Worker? How Can I Become One?

An election worker is an essential component to every polling place location on Election Day. There are two different types of election workers: Inspectors and Clerks. While Inspectors serve as supervisors for the polling locations, Clerks assist with a variety of conventional tasks. Both are paid a stipend for their time. Polling place locations typically staff four to six election workers on Election Day.

Election Worker Eligibility

To become an election worker in Los Angeles County, you must be:

1. 18 years of age or older (unless participating in the Student Election Worker Program)

2. A resident of California

3. A United States citizen registered to vote or a legal permanent resident (green card holder)

4. Election Workers must be available between the hours of 6 AM and 9 PM to set up the polls, provide assistance to voters, and conduct poll closing procedures

Volunteer Election Workers must comply with legal restrictions imposed upon them including, but not limited to, restraining orders, restrictions imposed on registered sex offenders, or any other prohibitions or limitations on their presence at voting locations and must notify the County immediately if they are prohibited from serving at their assigned voting location.

If you need election worker assistance, call 800-815-2666, option

7. Click here to apply: https://www.vote4la.com/…/ElectionRegularWorkerApplicat…

Ways to Vote

The State of California and the City of Long Beach provide two methods of casting your ballot. You may use a traditional polling place on the date of the election, or you may cast your ballot in the Vote-by-Mail process. Each method is a valid way to exercise your voting franchise. Casting your ballot at a polling place is as old as our country. Poll workers are on hand to assist you in understanding the proper procedure for marking the ballot, assist those with disabilities of any nature, and provide language assistance if needed.

Vote-by-Mail has been available to all voters for years.

A new option is the ability to declare yourself a permanent vote-by-mail voter. Each election a ballot will automatically be sent to your residence or mailing address without the request.

Do I need to request a Vote By Mail Ballot for the November 2020 election?

No, all Long Beach registered voters will be mailed a Vote By Mail Ballot beginning October 5, 2020

Can I still cast my vote in person at any Vote Center?

Yes, you can choose to return your ballot by mail, or surrender your ballot and vote in person.

I didn’t receive my Vote By Mail Ballot, how can I request a Ballot?

Contact the LA County Registrar-Recorder’s Office at (800)815-2666.

Where do I go to vote/where is my polling place?

Your polling place location is printed on the back cover of your sample ballot booklet. Check the polling place address for each election because locations often change. Also, poll locations are available at www.LAVOTE.net or by calling (562) 570-6101.

What are the poll hours of operation?

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

Why was my polling place changed?

In California, there are no permanent polling sites. Locations may change from election to election if a facility previously used is not available for a particular election. Changes to precinct boundaries sometimes occur when precincts are consolidated or realigned, especially for local elections that are not statewide. Voters should refer to their sample ballot pamphlet to make sure that they are going to the correct polling place.

What do I do if my polling place is not open when I arrive election morning?

Check the address on the back cover of your sample ballot pamphlet to make sure you are at the right location. Polling places often change between elections. If you are at the correct location, call the City Clerk Department at (562) 570-6101 to report the polling place is not open.

Can I take my sample ballot or my own written voting choices into the voting booth?

Yes. It is recommended that you mark your voting choices in your sample ballot and take it to your poll location on Election Day to use as a reference. This will allow you to vote your ballot quickly. Remember to take your sample ballot out of the voting booth after you have voted.

If I do not know what to do when I get to the polling place, will someone help me?

Yes. Ask the election poll workers to help you with the voting process. Poll workers are forbidden to help you in making decisions on your voting choices.

Can I vote for someone whose name is not listed on the ballot?

Yes, if the person is a qualified write-in candidate. Only votes for qualified write-in candidates will be counted. Ask election poll workers or call the City Clerk Department for a list of those candidates. The poll worker or City Clerk Department staff can assist you with write-in voting procedures.

When can I apply for a vote-by-mail ballot?

29 days prior to the election is the first day to submit vote-by-mail ballot requests. You may apply sooner than 29 days prior; however, the vote-by-mail ballot will be mailed out 29 days prior to the election.