This voter guide has specific dates and information  pertaining to the upcoming Mayoral election of May 21, 2013 in Los Angeles County and also general information about the voting process for all elections.

Important dates to remember:

General Municipal Election date:
May 21, 2013

Last day to apply by mail
for a Vote-By-Mail ballot
May 14, 2013

Last day to vote by a Vote-By-Mail
ballot in the Election Division Office
 May 20, 2013

Who can vote?

You must be a current United States Citizen
Will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election and
You must not be in prison or on parole for a felony.

How and where to register to vote:

Registration Forms:

You may register by completing a registration by mail form which are available throughout the city of Los Angeles including fire stations, libraries, California  DMV offices (Department of Motor Vehicles), public assistant offices such as DPSS (Department of Public Social Services), and WIC (Women Infant and Children nutritional services), banks, post offices, community organizations, and in most Los Angeles County buildings.

Online registration:

An online voter registration form is available on the Secretary of State’s Website:
(follow the instructions on the front page under Elections)

You can also register to vote by going to the following website:
www.lavote.net  (follow the instructions on the front page which says “Register Here.”

Please do not forget that if you have permanently moved to a different address, changed your name (perhaps due to marriage) or wish to change to your political party affiliation you must re-register to vote.

What is a Vote-By-Mail Voter and how to become one:

If you cannot make it to the polls on election day, you can vote by mail. You have to request to vote by mail for each election, unless you request to become a permanent Vote-By-Mail Voter. Here is how?

The application for becoming a Vote-By-Mail Voter is  in the back cover of your Official Sample Ballot (these official sample ballots  are sent to every registered voter and includes information about your polling place, how to vote, and information about candidates and issues being voted on in that particular election). Simply fill out the application on the back cover of your Official Sample Ballot and sent to the address provided. Vote-By-Mail applications must be received by the election offices no later than 7 days prior to the election.
If you want to become a permanent Vote-By-Mail Voter which means you don’t have to fill out the application each time for each future election. A ballot will be automatically mailed to your registered address.

In the website www.lavote.net under “Voting Instruction Vignettes” towards the bottom of the page  you can watch videos that will provide you with information about how to become a Vote-By-Mail Voter.

The information in this voter guide was provided by City of  Los Angeles office of City Clerk Election Division.