General Election: November 3, 2020
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Registering to Vote
Register to Vote by October 19, 2020
- Register to vote on the California Online Voter Registration website
In California, people with misdemeanor convictions and those who have felony convictions but are on probation or done with parole can also vote. Source: California Secretary of State
Missed the voter registration deadline? You can still file a conditional ballot. Go to a Voting Center during the 11 day voting period and complete the Conditional Voter Registration, you will then be issued a CVR ballot to complete. Source: Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
How To Vote
All registered voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot. This ballot will be mailed out on October 5, 2020
Submit a request for your Vote by Mail Ballot Status
- By mail – postmarked November 3, 2020
- At any Vote by Mail drop box location
- Ballot drop-box locations at all Los Angeles Public Library locations
- At any LA County Vote Center
Vote in person at any Vote Center in the county. Vote Centers open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the 10 Days preceding the election and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find locations of Vote Centers
- A sample ballot is automatically mailed to registered voters 30 to 40 days prior to the election.
- You can request a sample ballot to be emailed to you.
- You can access your sample ballot online with the Sample Ballot.
- You can use the Interactive Sample Ballot.
Track Your Ballot
Track Your Vote-by-Mail ballot, Subscribe to "Where's My Ballot" for real-time notifications.
- California’s Official Voter Information Guide for the November 3, 2020 election. This guide provides detailed information about state propositions.
- CalMatters Election Guide. ClaMatters is a five-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan state news organization that has carved out a leadership role at the center of the media ecosystem in California. The nonpartisan guide is easy for readers to navigate, with an array of interactive tools, games and video explainers that break down state ballot propositions, explain California’s role in the presidential election, and identify key races by district.
Language Assistance and Voter Rights
Need election information in other languages? Call the Bilingual Assistance Hotline: 1-800-815-2666, option 3 or visit the LA County Clerk’s Multilingual Services.
Voter ID Rules (by State). Vote Riders provides information about the identification requirements by each state in order to vote.
Voting is Your Right (LA County) provides detailed information about voting rights in LA County and where to call if you need additional assistance in order to vote.
Government Sites and Additional Voter Information
- The California Secretary of State Elections and Voter Information offers many resources to help answer your questions.
- Los Angeles Neighborhood Info handily tells you all your city service points of contact. It includes a representative list of each address covering city, county, school board, & state representatives with links to associated websites.
- Federal Voting Assistance Program is a federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.
- Learn about the Presidential Election Process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.
- The Federal Government has developed a list of common words used during election season and provides their meanings.
- If you believe that you are a witness to election or voter fraud, call the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Voter Fraud Hotline at 800-815-2666, option 5.
Online Fact-Checking Websites
- Annenberg Political Fact Check (FactCheck.org) — Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.
- Politifact — Politifact is a Pulitzer Prize-winning website created by the Tampa Bay Times. The site rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.
- Snopes.com — Snopes is a fact-checking website, dating back to the 1990s, that specializes in debunking urban legends, rumors, memes, and tweets, as well as fact-checking news stories.
- Mediabiasfactcheck.com — Media Bias/Fact Check is an independent online media outlet that evaluates the truthfulness and bias of various news sources from all points on the political spectrum.
- NewsGuard (newsguardtech.com) — NewsGuard uses trained journalists and experienced editors to rate and review thousands of news and information websites based on nine journalistic criteria. The criteria assess basic practices of credibility and transparency. NewsGuard is available as a browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge. It is also available as a mobile app from GooglePlay and Apple Store.
- Tineye.com — TinEye is a dedicated reverse image search engine that allows you to see where an image has been published online. It can help you determine whether an image is old or shared out of context and how it differs from the original, including what’s been cropped, taken out, or edited.
- Google Reverse Image Search (images.google.com) — Click Search by Image (the camera icon) and then drag and drop an image, or type in its URL, to see which webpages contain the image or similar images. Common Sense Media offers a great tutorial:
- How to Fact Check With Google Reverse Image Search
- Newsguard — Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”
- Media Bias/Fact Check — Offers a browser extension, which indicates the bias of the page you are currently viewing. This extension also displays bias and factual reporting on Facebook and Twitter. The extension is currently available for Chrome and Firefox.
- Amnesty International’s YouTube DataViewer — Shows you the exact upload date and time for a video and checks if it has been posted before
- BallotReady — A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady lets you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”
- Common Cause: Find your Representative — Provides a fairly comprehensive list of representatives that includes judges but does not extend as far down as City Council Members. It lists phone numbers and includes links to associated websites.
- Federal Election Commission — Provides candidate, PAC, and party campaign finance summaries in their finance report disclosure database. Regulations as part of the Federal Election Campaign Act are also explained.
- Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints — This database contains information on nearly 5,000 current social topics in the forms of primary source documents, statistics, websites, and multimedia.
- GovTrak.us — Allows you to find your congressional district and your representative, track bills, ascertain the chairman of committees, peruse historical statistics on legislative action, and even build an app using the website's open-source data.
- OpenSecrets.org: Center for Responsive Politics — "A nonpartisan guide to money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy."
- Project Vote Smart — A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.
- TurboVote — A tool that makes voting easy by sending a text or e-mail messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.
- Voter’s Edge — A tool that uses your address information to get you unbiased, detailed information about the candidates and issues that will be on your ballot. Produced by the League of Women Voters.
Fact-checking Browser extensions
Other Useful Tools
This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Los Angeles Public Library. Links to organizations, political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.