On Friday, January 24, 2020, the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk released the list of vote centers for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election. As of January 31, 2020, the list contains 901 vote centers county-wide. 31 of the 901 vote centers are located in the City of Long Beach.
Recent citywide elections had over 200 polling places available to voters for only one day, Election Day. Starting with this election, the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) model extends the voting period by an additional ten days. Also, with VCA, voters will be able to cast their ballot at any vote center countywide.
The new voting period will provide 4-day and 11-day vote centers. The 11-day and 4-day vote centers will open starting February 22, 2020, and February 29, 2020, respectively. Five of the Long Beach vote centers will be open for eleven days, and 26 will be open for four days. All vote centers will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on Election Day, March 3, 2020.
The Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) also mandates that shared legislative districts with another VCA County provide a Vote By Mail ballot to voters. Congressional District 47 spans across Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Because Orange County is a Vote By Mail VCA election, all voters in the Congressional District 47 will receive a Vote By Mail ballot. Congressional District 47 includes Long Beach Council Districts 1 – 7 and 2/3rd of 8. Council District 9 voters are not affected. The only voters from Council District 9 that will receive a Vote By Mail ballot are those who are registered permanent Vote By Mail voters or who requested a Vote By Mail ballot.
Long Beach voters in Congressional District 47 receiving a Vote By Mail ballot can still opt to vote at a vote center. They can choose to surrender their Vote By Mail ballot at any vote center and vote using the new VSAP Ballot Marking Device.
Voters who are registered No Party Preference (NPP) can request a crossover ballot for American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian parties. All other parties require voters to re-register for their party to participate in the Presidential Primary Election.
Voters who prefer to cast their ballot by mail have until February 25, 2020, to request a Vote by Mail ballot from the County. Requests for a one-time Vote by Mail ballot can be made via an online or paper application.