LOS ANGELES — City Clerk Holly L. Wolcott would like to remind voters of important dates pertaining to the Vote-By-Mail (VBM) process for the 2015 General Municipal Election to be held on May 19, 2015.
California State law gives all registered voters the option to vote by mail regardless of whether or not they anticipate being “absent” on Election Day. A voter who is not currently a permanent VBM voter must submit an application in order to receive a VBM ballot for each election.
First and Last Day to Apply for a VBM Ballot
Those who intend to vote by mail in the 2015 General Municipal Election may submit an application for a VBM ballot beginning Monday, April 20, 2015. All applications must be received by the Election Division no later than Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. Applications can be mailed to the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division, 555 Ramirez St., Space 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or faxed to (213) 978-0611 or (213) 978-0612. If you are a permanent VBM voter, you do not need to complete an application; you will receive a VBM ballot automatically.
Applications for a VBM ballot can be found on the back cover of the Official Sample Ballot, which is mailed to all eligible, registered voters. Applications are also available on the City Clerk’s election website in English and the following languages: Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
In-Person Voting in City Clerk Offices
Voters may also receive a VBM ballot in person at either of two City Clerk locations. See below for locations, dates, and hours of operation. (Please see box)
Returning Voted VBM Ballots
Voters who choose to mail in their VBM ballot must do so early enough to ensure that it arrives in the Election Division office no later than by the close of polls (8:00 p.m.) on Election Day, May 19, 2015; however, in accordance with new State and City legislation adopted by the City, the City Clerk will accept VBM ballots that are signed and postmarked by Election Day and received within three days of the Election.
Voters who cannot mail their VBM ballots in time may drop off their ballot at any polling place or at the Election Division office by the close of polls on Election Day.
VBM Envelope Verification, Ballot Inspection, and Tally
Starting on Wednesday, April 20, 2015, the public is welcome to observe the VBM envelope verification process which will commence upon receipt of VBM ballots. Additionally, public inspection of VBM ballots (i.e., preparation for the tally) will tentatively begin on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. and will continue until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The actual tally of VBM ballots will begin the afternoon of May 19, 2015, Election Day. The results of this tally will not be released until after the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. that evening.
All activities described will take place at: Piper Technical Center, 555 Ramirez Street, Space 375, Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you are interested in observing any of these activities or require further information or assistance, please contact the Office of the City Clerk – Election Division between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at(213) 978-0444 or toll-free at (888) 873-1000.
The Office of the City Clerk administers elections for the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Los Angeles Community College District. The City’s next regularly scheduled general municipal (runoff) election will be May 19, 2015 (for Los Angeles City Council and LAUSD races). More information can be found on the City Clerk’s election website at: http://clerk.lacity.org/elections/.