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Coronavirus Emergency Makes Voting Easier Than Ever
By Jorge Casuso
September 18, 2020 -- This year, far fewer voters than usual will walk into their polling place on election day, enter a booth and punch a ballot.
Most will likely mail or drop their ballots off days or weeks before November 3, although they can still register and vote as late as election day.
Voting in California has never been easier.
Those registered by October 19 will be mailed a Vote-By-Mail ballot between October 5 and 27 whether they request it or not, according to State election officials.
Voters can register online by October 19 with a California driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of their social security number and their date of birth.
"Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature," according to the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office.
Those who do not have a California driver license or California identification card can still use the online form to apply to register to vote.
However, they will need to take additional steps to complete their voter registration, officials said.
A record number of voters this year are expected to vote by mail.
Those who cast ballots using the U.S. Postal Service must have them postmarked by Election Day.
Registered voters can also drop off their ballots at 24-hour Vote-By-Mail Drop-Off Boxes being installed throughout LA County.
Voters can drop off ballots at any of the locations between October 5 and Election Day. A complete list of LA County Drop-Off locations will be posted on lavote.net by mid- September.
In Santa Monica, Drop-Off Boxes will be installed in or near the Santa Monica Main Library, the Montana Branch Library, Virginia Avenue Park and Marine Park by late September, according to the Santa Monica City Clerk's office.
Local polling places are being determined and will be posted on lavote.net by late September.
But as of the 2018 election, Santa Monica voters no longer need to go to their local polling place. They can vote at any Vote Center in the county.
For more information visit the Santa Monica City Clerk's election page at https://www.smvote.org/
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