Voting FAQs & Information

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View more details about voting in the 2020 election here.

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!

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-

Become An Election Worker: What is an Election Worker?

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. Eligible voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot approximately a month prior to the election and vote that ballot from your home. 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.

Detailed information on ways to vote follows below in a series of questions and answers.

Remember! It does not matter how you vote, just vote.

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.

Who may vote-by-mail?

Any registered voter may apply to vote-by-mail.

How can I obtain a vote-by-mail ballot?

Rather than going to the polling place to cast a ballot on Election Day, you may request a vote-by-mail ballot. Any registered voter may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. Applying is easy. Simply select one of the following options

• By Mail: 1) Complete the vote-by-mail ballot application that is on the back cover of the sample ballot pamphlet (sent to you prior to each election) and mail to the City Clerk Department.

• By Mail: 2) Send a signed letter requesting a vote-by-mail ballot to the Long Beach City Clerk Department, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.

• By Fax: The completed application or signed letter may also be faxed to the City Clerk Department at (562) 570-6789. If you apply in writing or by fax, your request must include your name, your residence/home address, the mailing address where you want your vote-by-mail ballot to be sent and the name and the date of the election for which you are applying. Remember to sign and date your request!

• By Internet: Download and complete a vote-by-mail ballot application and fax back to the City Clerk Department (562) 570-6789. Further information can be obtained by calling the City Clerk Department Vote-By-Mail Section (562) 570-6101.

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.