Are You Registered to Vote?

I found out five minutes ago that, despite having changed my address with the DMV when I moved a year ago, I’m not registered at the correct address to vote. Since today is the last day for voter registrations to be mailed in (they must have today’s postmark in order to count for the upcoming November election), I figured I’d better get on that, and put my vote where my mouth is.

So here’s how I figured everything out:

1. I called the L.A. County Voter Registration office, at 1-800-815-2666 (or (562) 466-1310) and asked if I was registered.
2. Upon finding out I was still registered at my old address, I asked if I could still re-register, and was told that was fine so long as the registration was postmarked today
3. I downloaded the registration form at the California State Voter Info site, and addressed it to the LA County Registrar at: P O Box 102, Norwalk, CA 90651-1024.
4. More info is at the LA County Voter Registration Site

There. Now I am ready to participate in democracy, and exercise one of the most important rights of my American citizenship. I’d better go catch up on the entirely too many propositions on the ballot this fall.

EDIT: Forgot to add, for those of you with Google Earth, there is a new election-related layer today.

3 Replies to “Are You Registered to Vote?”

  1. Great post!

    Just a reminder to everyone out there: with the flurry of re-registering that goes on right before elections, it’s possible that your name will get lost from the rolls at your polling place. DON’T PANIC if the volunteer can’t find your name. You still have the absolute right to cast a provisional ballot (at one polling place, kids, just one).

    People working the polls have different levels of expertise, some paid attention during the training, some didn’t. But know that you have the right to cast the provisional ballot, and if they give you static, don’t budge till you get one.

    (Oh, and by the way, if you have an absentee ballot that you end up not mailing back in a timely enough fashion, it can be deposited at any polling place WITHIN Los Angeles County -assuming you’re an LA County voter, of course – on Election Day. Alternatively, you can take it with you and surrender it to your actual polling place and cast a ballot – NOT a provisional ballot, a regular ballot – on the day of. This confuses some poll workers, as I found out in the last primary. But it’s good law.)

    Happy voting.

  2. Thanks! I thought I was too late, and was just going to go back to my old neighborhood to vote-taking the risk that the polling place had stayed the same.

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