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Registering to Vote in Los Angeles

Would You Like to Vote in LA Elections? Here's How

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You’re a Los Angeles resident now so make it official. Be a part of the community. Make your voice heard by registering to vote in Los Angeles. It’s easy. Just follow the basic steps.

You qualify to vote in LA if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You will be at least 18 years or older at the time of the next election
  • You are a resident of California
  • You are not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  • You have not been declared mentally incompetent by a court

How to register to vote in LA:

  1. Complete a registration-by-mail form

    How/where?

    City Hall, public libraries, state motor vehicle offices, post offices, public assistance offices, fire stations, libraries, county buildings, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk and district offices. Or you may call 800-481-8683 (operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week) and request a form.

    NOTE: After registering to vote for the first time by mail, you must show photo ID with your name and address when voting in person

  2. By phone, by calling the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Norwalk office, 562-466-1310, 800-481-VOTE or 562-462-2259 or a branch office

    Branch offices:

    Beverly Hills: 310-288-1261
    East LA: 323-260-2991
    Florence/Firestone: 323-586-6192
    Lancaster: 661-945-6446
    LAX Airport: 310-727-6142
    Van Nuys: 818-376-3777

  3. In person at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Norwalk office or branch offices

  4. Online. Complete the California voter registration form on lavote.net or download the registration form from the Secretary of State's website.

Documentation:

  • Valid California driver’s license or state ID card number
  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)

Deadline: 15 days before the election in which you would like to vote

Re-Registering to Vote:

If you have moved, changed your name or would like to change political parties you should re-register to vote. To do this call the Registrar of Voters’ general information lines (24 hours a day): 562-466-1310 or 800-481-VOTE.

Absentee Voting:

In recent years a renewed interest in politics has put the spotlight on absentee voting. In addition to being a practical method of voting when out of town, many political organizations encourage it for locking votes in and sometimes affecting early polling numbers. Whether or not this proves to be accurate, many people choose to register to vote absentee, in any case. There are four ways to do this:

  1. By mail. Complete the absentee voting application on the back cover of your sample ballot and send it to the County Elections Office.
  2. By mail. Send a written and signed request to vote absentee to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office: PO Box 30450, Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450. Don’t forget to include your name, residence/home address, address where you want your ballot sent and name and date of the election in which you would like to vote.
  3. By fax. In lieu of mail, fax your request letter to 562-462-2354 or 562-462-3035. Don’t forget to include your name, residence/home address, address where you want your ballot sent and name and date of the election in which you would like to vote.
  4. By Internet. Download and fill in the absentee ballot application form the ‘Absentee Voting’ section of lavote.net.

Voting: The Jury Duty Selection Factor

Many people think they can avoid getting called for jury duty by canceling their voter registration. In fact, the Jury Services Division receives a list of both active and cancelled voter files from the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office. They also receive information from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

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