Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


WATCH: We Answered Your Voting Questions

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

The next election is speeding toward us on a runaway train of rhetoric, doubt, and deterrents. So let's talk facts, instead.

Election Day is technically November 3, but early voting starts soon after October 5 when ballots begin shipping out to every active, registered voter in California.

And the actual process of voting is different this year. You'll be doing it possibly by mail, or at a new vote center, in the time of a historic pandemic, in the midst of a fury over racial inequity and police brutality, while the Golden State burns in the orange glow of climate change.

Support for LAist comes from

Let our senior politics reporter, Libby Denkmann, and our expert panelists be your guides to exercising your democratic rights. They’ll help you get prepared with all the what's, when's, where's, and why's of voting.

You can watch a replay of this event above.


  • Kim Alexander, president, California Voter Foundation
  • Justin Levitt, professor of Law at Loyola Marymount Law School, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily newsletters. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.