Why is There an Election Tomorrow in Los Angeles? And Are You Going to Vote?*
Yes, there is an election tomorrow. Yes, it's only three weeks to the day since we last voted. Yes, the next election that all Californians will be voting in is on May 19th.
But let's first focus on tomorrow. Look at the map, do you live somewhere close or within those boundaries? You can confirm by plugging your address into this website. If you're one of the winners--ahem, 393,017 registered voters in Senate District 26--they'll tell you where your voting location for tomorrow.
So what's going on? When then-State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas won a seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors on November 4th, it left his 26th District State Senate seat empty, which prompted a special election for it.
So why couldn't this be consolidated into the March 3rd Election? This is a very good and legitimate question considering the cost of tomorrow's election is $2.2 million. It all comes down to the legal timelines--a special election for a state seat has to be declared by the governor followed by a period for people to file declaration of intent to become a candidate. Then there is a campaigning period before election day. Simply stated, the March 3rd regularly scheduled election and the special election did not fit into each other's timelines.