Election “Day” is so 2016. Californians have been voting by mail since the beginning of this month, and in L.A. and Orange Counties, voting in-person starts Saturday morning, when the first round of centralized “vote centers” will open.
Most neighborhood polling places are going away, so your old voting spot may no longer be there. Instead, you’ll probably have to travel a bit farther to a new vote center.
The first group of these centers is open for 11 days beginning this weekend. The rest open on Feb. 29th, through election day.
You can go to any location in the county where you’re registered — and you don’t need to bring a mail-in ballot to surrender if you decide to vote in-person.
HOW to vote is also different in 2020:
In L.A. County, most in-person voters will use a new ballot marking machine that prints a paper ballot. If you’d rather vote on paper at your kitchen table, you have until Tuesday, Feb. 25 to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
WILL THESE CHANGES LEAVE SOME VOTERS BEHIND?
New research is painting a troubling picture about whether Angelenos know about the new vote centers, spelled out in a 2016 law called the Voter’s Choice Act.
On Thursday, the USC Price-Schwarzenegger Institute published results from its California Issues Poll showing just over 37% of likely voters in the 15 counties implementing Voter’s Choice Act changes in 2020 were aware that where and how to cast ballots was changing.
In Los Angeles, 62.2% either didn’t know about the changes or couldn’t answer the question. In contrast, over half of respondents (51%) in Orange County knew about the changes.
John S. Lee’s Inauguration & Swearing in Ceremony was held on Saturday 7th, 2019 at the beautiful Oakridge Estate 10-acre park in Northridge. It was a wonderful hot event and over 400 people showed up to support CD Twelve’s new Councilmember.
If you voted in the 2019 Neighborhood Council elections, we appreciate you – and we’d love to hear from you! Please take a moment to share your thoughts via our short voter survey, so we know what went well, and what we can improve next time.
At last count, Lee, a Republican, was ahead of Democrat Loraine Lundquist, who has not conceded, by more than 1,300 votes. The seat was last held by Mitch Englander, who stepped down last year to take a private sector job.
Lundquist isn’t throwing in the towel yet, in part because of how the June 4 primary went down, according to Jesse Switzer, political consultant for her campaign. Lee initially led by 50 votes the following morning, but after the final certified tally, Lundquist topped him by nearly 440 votes.
The margin is wider this time, but Lundquist “wants to see every vote counted,” Switzer told LAist.
But the L.A. City Council didn’t wait that long, welcoming Lee to council chambers Wednesday as councilman-elect and congratulating him on his victory.
“I’m ready to come here and start the work,” Lee said before Council President Herb Wesson requested a couple rounds of applause.
Lee and Lundquist ran to finish out the term for Englander, who stepped down last year to take a job with a sports entertainment company. The primary election for a full-term leading District 12 will be held in March, along with several other council seats. Read more »
Dear Neighbors and Stakeholders of Granada Hills North:
You may have heard of our upcoming Neighborhood Council Elections for Granada Hills Neighborhood Council. The Neighborhood Council is your liaison with City Hall. We are your voice for issues that affect our community. This is an opportunity for you to engage in the process of electing the members of our wonderful Neighborhood Council.
The elections will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Knollwood Plaza, 11850 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA (Between Lorillard and Midwood). The polls open at 10:00am and close at 4:00pm. Read more »
The results are in for the 2016 Neighborhood Council Elections! 25,571 voters voted for 1,839 candidates in 82 elections and 8 selections this year. The oldest candidate was 93 years old; the youngest just 14.
34 Neighborhood Councils helped pioneer online voting this year – a first for any election in the City of Los Angeles. 34% of those who voted in this year’s Neighborhood Council Elections cast their ballots online, and half of those voters took advantage of the flexibility online voting offers, casting ballots either from their personal devices (34%) or at one of our 72 Pop-Up Polls (16%). The agility of online voting may be one reason why location and accessibility was one of the highest-rated aspects of the 2016 Elections, according to the 2,065 people who took our post-election survey.
The voting models this Election season were as varied as the 96 Neighborhood Councils themselves. There were 327 unique ballot types, and while many Councils used a single ballot, others used as many as 21 different ballots.
A BIG thank you to the Neighborhood Council leaders who worked with Independent Election Administrators, Election Managers, Election Assistants, Poll Managers, and Poll Workers to empower great candidates, engage passionate voters, and enlist enthusiastic volunteers. The Elections were successful because of the many people who pulled together to make the 2016 elections journey the best ever!
As your new Boards are convened and your Neighborhood Councils determine their vision for the coming years, please keep in mind the three key issues that surveyed voters felt affected their neighborhoods the most: Public Safety (16%); Planning and Development (15%) and Zoning and Land Use (12%). How can your Board best address the way these three issues impact your communities?
Finally, we hope you’ll attend one of the town halls being held over the summer at locations throughout the City. Your feedback on the 2016 Elections is welcomed as well as any other comments you’d like to share that would help EmpowerLA better support our Board Members. Click here to see the full list of town hall meeting dates; times; and locations. Hope to see you there!
Thank you to our Granada Hills North stakeholders who came out and supported us by voting last week! We are proud to serve you. Here are the Official Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council Election Results.
CityWatch, the online news portal, has launched a Neighborhood Council page in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment a.k.a. EmpowerLA to support the 2016 Neighborhood Council election outreach. CityWatch is published to encourage grassroots civic engagement through information, ideas and perspective. Editor and co-founder, Ken Draper, was involved in the creation of the Neighborhood Council system and served on the Mid City West Neighborhood Council. Ken is also a regular attendee of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition.
The new site contains links the EmpowerLA elections site and will feature articles about Neighborhood Councils, their impact on the City and why Angelenos should run and vote in Neighborhood Council elections this year. With hundreds of thousands of readers citywide as well as a national audience, CityWatch is looking to raise the visibility and influence of Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles.
Why do neighborhood councils matter and why should you run for a board seat on your NC? At their best, and some excel at this, they serve as local political organizations that are empowered to monitor the critical issues in their communities such as land use and development, transportation and parking, and public safety. These are three key issues facing every neighborhood and depending on the NC, there are other issues to tackle as well.
The Mayor, Department heads, and City Councilmembers all listen to NCs for what’s happening in their communities. Through written advisories and “community impact statements” the NCs let city government heads know from the neighborhood level why a specific proposal may be a good or a bad idea. When the City Charter established the Neighborhood Council system over a decade ago, it gave them advisory roles that the smart occupants at City Hall have learned to pay attention to.
As stated in Article IX of the Los Angeles City Charter, the “Purpose of Neighborhood Councils” is “To promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs”.
So what’s in it for you? Service to your community. What could be better than that? This service includes, but is not limited to, keeping your neighborhood whole, challenging development that does not fit the character of your neighborhood, and working closely with the police and fire departments on public safety issues.
As an NC board member, you will have the opportunity to Read more »