November Election Voting Options for La Verne Residents
The 2020 General Election is shaping up to be a unique election given the public health guidance with COVID-19. To ensure safe voting during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state legislature passed a bill in June 2020 that requires each county to send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters to minimize in-person interactions at polling centers. This means that La Verne residents have several options for casting their vote this election season.
Los Angeles County sent out vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters and La Verne residents should expect to start seeing them in their mailboxes beginning October 5, 2020. Completed vote-by-mail ballots should be signed in the space provided and can be returned by mail or at a designated drop box.
If residents decide to mail their ballots, they need to be postmarked by Election Day, November 3rd. Ballot return envelopes have pre-paid postage and will be treated as first class mail. Please note that La Verne residents may vote and return their ballots as soon as they are received -- there is no need to wait until Election Day. However, once a voted ballot is returned to the Elections Office, it is considered “in the ballot box” and may not be retrieved or changed. The U.S. Postal Service encourages voters to mail their ballots at least seven days before Election Day. La Verne residents may sign up for California’s Where’s My Ballot tracking tool to keep track of their personal ballots.
There will also be one Vote Center in La Verne from October 30th to November 3rd, located at St. Johns Episcopal Church (4745 Wheeler Ave, La Verne, CA 91750). The Vote Center will be open every day during this time from 10am to 7pm during the early voting period. On Election Day, the Vote Center will be open from 7am to 8pm. In-person voting is being offered over an extended period of time to help decrease crowds, avoid lines and maintain physical distancing requirements. While at the voting center, each person will be required to wear a face covering and is expected to follow general COVID-19 guidelines. While in-person voting is available, in light of the current public health situation voters are encouraged to instead utilize one of the previously discussed vote-by-mail options.
All La Verne residents are encouraged to vote this election season to ensure they have a voice in helping determine the direction of our city, state and nation’s future.