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L.A. County begins sending out vote-by-mail ballots

October 10, 2012 | 12:26 pm

A clerk sorts vote by mail ballots at the Los Angeles County Registrar's office in Norwalk in 2010.

For those who don’t want to visit their local polling place next month for the general election, Los Angeles County officials announced Wednesday they have begun sending out vote-by-mail ballots.

The initial mailing includes 1.1 million ballots sent to “permanent vote by mail voters,” according to a news release from the L.A. County registrar-recorder/county clerk.

Those subscribed as permanent vote-by-mail participants make up nearly one-quarter of all registered county voters, officials said. Other voters interested in voting by mail can request ballots through Oct. 30.

“Requesting a vote-by-mail ballot is fast and easy. Voters can complete the application on the back of their sample ballot and mail it to the RRCC, or visit lavote.net and complete the online application,” Register-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said in the release.

But those voting by mail need to be sure their ballots are returned “with sufficient time for mail delivery to the RR/CC by 8 p.m. on November 6,” according to the release.

Voters can also deliver their ballots in person or before polls close at any polling place in L.A. County before 8 p.m. on election day.

“Ballots received after 8 p.m. November 6, regardless of postmark, will not be accepted,” the release said.

Still need to register to vote? You can do so online.


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Photo: A clerk sorts vote-by-mail ballots at the Los Angeles County registrar's office in Norwalk in 2010. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times