On June 3, Los Angeles residents will go to the polls to vote in the statewide direct primary election. After passage of the open primary proposition, all candidates, regardless of party, now participate in one primary. So, voters will select among candidates from every party in this election. In most races, the primary will result in two candidates who will then proceed to the general election, but they do not have to be of different parties. So, if two Democrats or two Republicans, for example, get the most votes, they will then vie for that seat in November. For some races, like the position of Sheriff, if one candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, that candidate is deemed elected. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, then the top two proceed to the general election.
This election is historic in that, for the first time in decades, we do not have a sitting Sheriff running for re-election. This is a unique opportunity for Angelenos to decide the direction of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country. Be a part of it!!
Voting by mail has already begun. California is choosing a governor and other statewide officials, as well as members of Congress and the legislature. Los Angeles County will be electing a new sheriff, assessor, supervisors, and judges. There are two statewide propositions.
You can confirm whether you are registered to vote by checking here.
You can view your sample ballot and polling place information here.
If you are a permanent vote-by-mail voter, your ballot should have arrived during the first two weeks of May. Permanent vote-by-mail voters can check the status of their ballot here. That link will show when your ballot was mailed to you, and later, will show whether it has been received back by the Registrar-Recorder.
If you received a vote-by-mail ballot but forgot to send it, you can drop it off at any polling place in the county, during election hours, on Election Day. Ballots that are received after 8 pm are not counted. On June 3, polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.
The June 3 ballot includes 15 seats on the Los Angeles Superior Court. Twelve of them are contested by two or more candidates. All voters in Los Angeles County may vote for all of these seats.
The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) reviews judicial candidates in contested races, and rates each, in ascending order of qualification, as “Not Qualified,” “Qualified,” “Well Qualified,” or “Exceptionally Well Qualified.” LACBA has released its ratings of the 2014 judicial candidates in this chart. The full text of the report is here.
To see where different organizations stand on the candidates, click here.