The City of West Hollywood has proclaimed October 2020 as Get Out The Vote Month. As part of continuous efforts to increase voter participation, the City is launching a display of 85 light pole banners created by West Hollywood-based Artist Miguel Andrisani.
Also known as Migs, Andrisani developed a selection of original VOTE artworks with engaging, bright, and diverse illustrations of people who embody three ways to get out the vote: by mail, by ballot drop-off, and by vote center. This fresh approach for banners, social media graphics, and additional printed and digital materials will encourage participation in the election. In 2018, Andrisani created a triptych installation at West Hollywood City Hall called I See You WeHo, based on former Poet Laureate Kim Dower’s poem I Sing The Body West Hollywood, which was transformed into a video ode to the City.
The City reminds community members that each vote counts and your voice matters. During October, the City is working to raise awareness and educate residents about the importance to get out the vote in the upcoming General Municipal Election in November.
As part of the nationwide General Election, the City of West Hollywood’s Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020 and will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. In addition to federal, statewide, and countywide votes, West Hollywood residents will be casting their votes for two members of the West Hollywood City Council and deciding on one City Ballot Measure. More information is available at www.weho.org/elections.
To provide important information and to give voters the opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming election, the City will be hosting a virtual Election Information Town Hallvia the Zoom platform on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. More information about this event is available on the City’s calendar at www.weho.org/calendar. During this Town Hall, voters will be provided with information such as:
- How to vote-by-mail
- Where to drop off your vote-by-mail ballot
- How to track your vote-by-mail ballot
- Where to vote in person
- Safety measure being taken at Vote Centers
The deadline to register to vote in the General Municipal Election is Monday, October 19, 2020. The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to check their voter registration status at lavote.net/vrstatus.
Election Day will be Tuesday, November 3, 2020, but there are many ways to vote early. Postal mail-in and ballot-drop-off voting will begin on Monday, October 5, 2020. Many LA County Vote Centers will begin operating on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
In California, you are eligible to register and vote if you are:
- A United States citizen;
- At least 18-years-old;
- Registered where you currently reside;
- Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.
The City of West Hollywood encourages every eligible voter to have a vote plan with the following tips:
- Check your voter registration status or register to vote at lavote.net/vrstatus or call (800) 815-2666;
- Decide how you would like to vote: Vote by Mail; Drop off a ballot at a Ballot Drop Box or a Vote Center; Vote in-person at a Vote Center;
- Educate yourself about the issues and then vote as soon as you receive your ballot;
- Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to vote or register to vote;
- Assist those who need help with their mail-in ballot or offer to take a homebound senior to a Vote Center; and
- Track your ballot. You can sign-up to receive personalized text messages, emails, and/or automated voice messages on your Vote-by-Mail ballot (whether sent by mail or dropped off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center) by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot. This is a free service available to all registered voters that provides updated information about where your ballot is and when you can expect to receive it. Sign up to be notified of the status of your ballot at california.ballottrax.net/
City of West Hollywood voters will receive complete ballot information by mail to get out the vote. In addition to voting in the Presidential Election, City of West Hollywood voters will:
- Vote to fill two (2) West Hollywood City Council seats for four-year terms; a list of qualified candidates is available at www.weho.org/elections; and
- Vote on Measure E will be on the ballot as a yes or no vote: “To maintain West Hollywood services and prepare for and recover from public health emergencies, address homelessness, help retain local businesses/jobs, support senior and health-related services, keep public areas clean and safe, repair potholes/streets, maintain community safety, and provide other City services, shall a measure be adopted establishing a ¾ cent sales tax providing approximately eleven million dollars annually until ended by voters, requiring public disclosure of spending, independent financial audits and all funds being used locally?”
Below is more specific information about the various options available for voting in the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election:
Dropping a Ballot Off at a Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center
The City of West Hollywood has worked with LA County to establish three Ballot Drop Box locations in West Hollywood. These Ballot Drop Boxes are bright yellow and clearly marked. They feature safety and security features, such as 24-hour electronic monitoring. Locations are as follows:
- West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard (Ballot Drop Box located behind City Hall, off of N. Sweetzer Avenue)
- West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard (Ballot Drop Box located on the west side of the street, in front of the library)
- Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard (Ballot Drop Box located in front of the Plummer Park Community Center)
Voting In-Person at a Vote Center
Traditional neighborhood “polling places” have been replaced in Los Angeles County by Vote Centers, which allow LA County residents (which includes West Hollywood residents) to vote at any Vote Center location over an 11-day period. Select Vote Centers will be available beginning Saturday, October 24, 2020. All Vote Centers will be available beginning Friday, October 30, 2020.
All Los Angeles County voters will have 10 consecutive days as well as Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, to vote in-person at a Vote Center.
In the City of West Hollywood, there will be a Vote Center at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. This Vote Center will be open from Saturday, October 30, 2020 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020. For additional Vote Center locations, visit https://locator.lavote.
During the early voting period, from Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, Vote Centers will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All Vote Centers have made health and safety is a priority and will follow state and county public health and safety guidelines, such as:
- Voters must use facial coverings and gloves (coverings and gloves will be made available if needed);
- Wiping and sanitizing all surfaces and Ballot Marking Devices after each voter;
- Enforcement of social distancing of six feet or more; and
- Election workers will wear protective gloves and masks.
For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s Office at (323) 848-6409, visit the City’s Elections page at www.weho.org/elections. Call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).