04 May VOTE in your Neighborhood Council election!
Los Angeles’ Neighborhood Council are advisory bodies that advocate for LA’s communities with City Hall. Established in 1999, there are 99 Neighborhood Councils throughout Los Angeles. Their purpose is to make sure City government remains responsive to communities on important issues like development, homelessness, and emergency preparedness. Neighborhood Council board members are city officials who are elected by the members of their local communities.
The Neighborhood Councils currently having elections include Voices, Zapata King, Watts, Empowerment Congress Southeast, Empowerment Congress Southwest, South Central, and Central Alameda. The Neighborhood Council elections are entirely Vote-By-Mail this year, due to the pandemic. Ballots are postage-paid but are only available by request. The deadline to request yours is Tuesday, May 11th at 5:00 pm (Pacific).
WHO CAN VOTE?
Anyone who lives, works, owns property or a business within Neighborhood Council boundaries, or who has another substantial local commitment–such as being a member of a local church, a volunteer at a nonprofit based in and serving the community, or a local student (or parent of a student)–may vote in a Neighborhood Council’s election. Participation is open to the formerly incarcerated, as well as those persons who do not presently have legal resident status. On Election Day, voters must be age 16+. On councils that have Youth Seats, voters can be 14+.
Find your Neighborhood Council, Get your ballot; meet the candidates; and find your nearest ballot drop box at https://EmpowerLA.org/elections/#vbm. Postmark your ballot by Tuesday, May 18th, or return it in a local dropbox between 9:00 am Friday, May 14th and 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 18th.
Need help with your ballot request or have other voting questions? Email LA City Clerk’s Elections team at Clerk.ElectionsNC@LAcity.org, or call (213) 978-0444 (M – F 8am – 5pm).