Tuesday is the deadline for eligible voters to request a Vote by Mail ballot for the Aug. 13 Los Angeles City Council District 12 special runoff election in the northwestern San Fernando Valley.
City Council aide John Lee, who topped the field of 15 candidates on the June 4 ballot and one write-in candidate with 19.17% of the vote, is running against Loraine Lundquist. The former research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics received 19.01% of the vote.
The winner will serve out the rest of Mitchell Englander’s term, which ends Dec. 13, 2020. Englander resigned last year to take a job with the Oak View Group, a global sports and entertainment advisory, development and investment company.
Lee was Englander’s chief of staff and prior to that served as chief legislative deputy to Councilman Greig Smith, who has since returned to the council to fill the District 12 seat on an interim basis.
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said requests, which must be made by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, can be done by:
— applying online at www.lavote.net;
— returning the VBM application on the back of the sample ballot; or
— requesting a Vote by Mail ballot in person at RR/CC headquarters in Norwalk at 12400 Imperial Highway, third floor.
According to the RR/CC’s office, the newly redesigned Vote by Mail materials “are easier to read, easier to understand, easier to fill out and easier to return and no postage is required to return the ballot.” Voters can track the status of their ballot at www.lavote.net.
As of Monday, the RR/CC has issued 94,204 VBM ballots for the District 12 runoff election.
There are three VBM drop-off sites available with secure drop-box located at the:
— Chatsworth Library, 21052 Devonshire St.;
— Mid-Valley Library, 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills; and
— Porter Ranch Library, 11371 Tampa Ave.
All VBM ballots postmarked by Election Day will be counted if received within three days by the RR/CC.
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