Written By: David Serby
The 2020 Presidential General Election and important local elections and initiatives are right around the corner on November 3rd, but ballots are already being accepted at official Drop Box locations and some Vote Centers open starting October 24th. Here is some important information on how to vote in person, as well as how to vote by the new Mail Drop Box Program.
Voting in Person at Vote Centers
A voter can safely vote in-person at ANY Vote Center in Los Angeles County. Select Vote Centers will be available beginning this Saturday, October 24, and all Vote Centers will be available beginning on Friday, October 30.
- Vote Centers will be open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM during the early voting period.
- On Election Day (November 3) Vote Centers will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
- Identification is NOT required to vote in person at a Vote Center.
Find your nearest LA County Vote Center, including center hours, with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk mapping tool.
Contactless Voting with the Mail Ballot Drop Boxes
A voter may also vote by the Mail Ballot Drop Box program. There will be 400 secure Drop Boxes located throughout the county giving voters a safe, accessible, and contact-free method to return their ballots during COVID-19, available from October 5, 2020, through November 3 at 8:00PM.
Find your nearest official LA County Vote By Mail Drop Box with this link to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk mapping tool.
How to recognize an official Vote by Mail Drop Box:
- Confirm that the box location matches one on the Drop Box Map
- Drop Boxes are bolted securely into cement or chained in place
- Drop Boxes are designed with security features identified in state regulations
- Drop Boxes have an exterior coating to reduce permanent graffiti or damage
- Ballots are picked up regularly by two Election Workers
- The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is in direct communication with law enforcement agencies, cities, local stakeholders, and community-based organizations to monitor and safeguard all boxes.
- Drop Boxes close for ballots at 8:00PM on Election Day (November 3rd)!
Example of official Vote by Mail Drop Box vs. Fake Mail Drop Box:
Before you drop off your Vote by Mail ballot, please make sure to:
- Place your voter ballot card(s) inside the Official Return Envelope
- Securely seal the Official Return Envelope
- Sign and date the back of the Official Return Envelope
For additional information, you may refer to this Vote By Mail Drop Box flyer: