Voting in a Time of Pandemic

By Fraser Perkins —

Connie Sullivan, PV Dems 1st VP, presented a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk,  You can view the presentation here.

All 5.5 million registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot and may cast their vote in person, by mail, or by using special drop boxes.  The last day for voter registration is October 19.

Because of COVID-19, Los Angeles County will follow these guidelines:

Voters must wear a mask.

Election workers will be wearing gloves and a mask.

Social distancing will be enforced.

Ballot marking devices will be sanitized after every voter.

 Gloves will be provided to voters who request them.

In-Person Voting

Ten days prior to election day, November 3, voters may cast their ballot at one of 75 voting centers which will be widely distributed throughout all 5 county supervisorial districts.  Each site will be a high visibility site such as a college campus, major hotel or sports venue.  The centers will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily and 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day.  On October 30th an additional 800 voting centers will open up with the same hours of operation.

Voting by Mail

Voters must sign and date their ballot prior to mailing.  Ballots returned by mail require no postage and are first class mail.  If someone besides the voter is returning a ballot, that individual must also sign the ballot.  So long as your ballot is postmarked by Election Day and is received within 17 days after Election Day, it will be accepted.  By registering at, a voter can track their ballot.

Drop Boxes

There will be two kinds of drop boxes.  Large, permanent boxes will be placed outside, while temporary boxes will be placed inside civic sites.  An interactive website will be up on October 5 indicating the location of drop boxes.  All areas will be served; there will be one drop box for about every 15,000 registered voters.  During early voting, drop box ballots will be collected every 72 hours; as Election Day nears, drop box ballots will be collected daily.

Voting Timeline

September 24 – Mailing of Sample Ballot Books

October 5 – Mailing of Ballots, First day of Drop-Box Voting, First day of in-person voting at Norwalk Voting Center

October 19 – Last day to register to vote and still get an automatic vote-by-mail ballot sent to you.  It’s possible to register to vote right up to election day at a polling center.

October 20 – Tabulation of absentee ballots begins

October 24 – in-person voting at 75 voting centers begins

October 30 – In-person voting at 800 additional centers begins


Voter Protection

  • Sign your ballot as it appears on your ballot – even if this differs from the name on your driver’s license
  • If your signature doesn’t match, or if you forget to sign your ballot, voting officials will contact you
  • Track your ballot at
  • Vote early


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