The initial mailing of sample ballot booklets to voters for the presidential general election Tuesday, November 4th, has been completed, according to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk Dean Logan.
The sample ballot includes information on the candidates, measures and voting procedures specific to each voter’s election precinct.
Additionally, an application for a vote by mail ballot and the voter’s polling place location and address are included in the sample ballot booklet.
Voters who wish to vote by mail have until Tuesday, October 28th, to request a Vote by Mail ballot for the election. Registered voters who would like to obtain a Vote by Mail ballot must submit a written request containing their name, residence address and address to which the ballot is to be mailed. The signature of each person requesting a Vote by Mail ballot is required in order to verify the legitimacy of the person who is applying for a ballot. Vote by Mail ballots can be requested in one of the following ways:
— accessing the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Web site at www.lavote.net and clicking on the Apply for Vote by Mail Ballot in the Online Services box on the main page of the Web site and filling out a Vote by Mail application online;
— completing the Vote by Mail application on the back cover of the official sample ballot booklet sent to each registered voter;
— sending a letter addressed to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk , Vote by Mail Section, P.O. Box 30450, Los Angeles 90030-0450; or
— applying in person at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Third Floor, Room 3002, Norwalk, 90650.
If a voter has applied for a Vote by Mail ballot and has not received it within a week after submitting an application, the voter should call the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk at (800) 815-2666. The range of remedies available to the voter includes 1) requesting a replacement Vote by Mail ballot; 2) voting at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Headquarters through Election Day; or 3) going to the voter’s designated neighborhood polling place to vote on Election Day.
In order to be counted, ballots cast by mail must either be returned in person to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Office, delivered to any Los Angeles County polling place on Election Day during polling hours (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), or mailed within sufficient time for delivery to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk by 8 p.m. November 4th (postmarks are not acceptable).
Additionally, the voter may authorize a designated family member to return the voted ballot to a polling place or to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in accordance with the procedures outlined on the Vote by Mail ballot return envelope.
Under special circumstances, a voter may request an emergency Vote by Mail ballot from October 29th through November 4th by applying in person or sending a designee to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., 3rd Floor, Room 3002, Norwalk.
Additional information regarding this service or any questions regarding Voting by Mail can be obtained by calling the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Vote by Mail Section at (562) 466-1323, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or online at www.lavote .net/.
POLLING PLACES: “Voters going to their polling place to vote on Election Day are advised to check the back cover of their sample ballot booklet for the correct location of their polling place,” said Logan. “People tend to be creatures of habit. Many voters simply go to vote where they went when they last voted without checking.” To avoid confusion, Logan advises voters to check the back cover of the sample ballot booklet that has been mailed to every registered voter to confirm the correct location.
Voters who have misplaced their sample ballot can access both the contents and the voting location interactively on the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Web site, www.lavote.net/ (listed under Online Services) or by calling the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk at (800) 815-2666 and using the Interactive Voice Response telephone system to obtain polling location information.
Los Angeles County is the largest election jurisdiction in the United States and has more registered voters than 30 states, according to Logan, and voter registrations are at an all-time high, breaking the record set in 2002 when registration rolls exceeded four million registered voters for the first time in county history.
“These numbers signal high interest in the 2008 presidential election,” Logan said. In anticipation of a high turnout for this election, voters are encouraged to review their sample ballot booklets prior to arriving at the polling place to vote. This will allow for less time spent by each voter in line and in the voting booth.
“It is also suggested that voters arrive at the polling place mid-day when lines are likely to be shorter.”
Further details about these services and other election information can be found on the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Web site.