Voting Begins in LA County

By David Ganezer

The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder's Office mailed ballots for the Nov. 3 elections to every registered voter - not just those who have opted into mail-in voting - on Monday, Oct. 5.

Voters may complete their ballots anytime. Voters must sign the eligibility oath and date the return envelope for their vote to count.

Every signature is verified before the ballot is cleared for counting. If a signature is missing or if the signature does not match the one on file, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office, clerks will notify the voter and give them a chance to provide a valid signature.

Voters who want to take their time with their ballots can wait until Election Day to mail them in.

Ballots don't require postage. But they must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received within 17 days of the election to be counted.

"If you don't want to drop your ballot in a mailbox, you may drop it off at any vote-by-mail drop box location or any vote center in L.A. County," says the County Clerk's office.

"But no matter how you submit your ballot, it must be sealed inside the official, signed and dated, return envelope, which will come with the ballot."

After submitting a ballot, one can track when it is received and counted at

"Ballots are being sent out automatically to all registered voters - meaning you won't get one if you're not registered."

Voters can check their registration status at


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