Official portrait of Congressman Xavier Becerra. Photo by US House of Representatives [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Xavier Becerra. Photo by US House of Representatives via Wikimedia Commons
The deadline to register to vote in the 34th Congressional District special election is Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office.

The April 4 special election was necessitated when Xavier Becerra was appointed California’s attorney general, succeeding Democrat Kamala Harris after she was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, former Los Angeles Unified school board member Yolie Flores and former Bernie Sanders campaign adviser Arturo Carmona are among the 23 candidates vying to fill Becerra’s unexpired term — which ends Jan. 3, 2019.

The field in the overwhelmingly Democratic district includes 19 Democrats and one candidate each from the Republican, Green and Libertarian parties. Mark Edward Padilla, who described himself as an immigration law administrator, did not specify a party preference.

Listed professions of candidates in the crowded race include accountant, attorney, community organizer, education nonprofit director and journalist.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote — which isn’t expected due to the large field — a runoff between the top two finishers will be held June 6.

The district stretches from Koreatown in the west to the Long Beach (710) Freeway in the east and from the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in the south to the Ventura (134) Freeway in the north. It includes downtown Los Angeles, the Westlake district, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights.

Voters can register online at; mail in a voter registration form, available at libraries, post offices and most government agencies; or drop off a voter registration form at 12400 Imperial Highway, Room 3002, Norwalk.

Voters are encouraged to check their registration status via to ensure their information is accurate and up-to-date.

A full list of candidates can also be found online.

For translated materials in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai or Vietnamese, call (800) 815-2666, option 2.

— City News Service

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