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Morning Briefing: Voting By Mail: What You Need To Know

A flag hangs outside the vote center on Pixie Ave in Lakewood on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Megan Garvey/LAist
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Okay, I’ll be the one to admit it: I feel overwhelmed and slightly confused about the state of mail-in voting. Between the U.S. Postal Service madness and President Trump’s admission that he opposes funding to the USPS to thwart mail-in voting, things seem to change by the day.

But fortunately, KPCC’s Libby Denkmann is here to help. In a thorough Q&A, she addresses every question you have (and some you didn’t know you had!). As with so many things in California, the situation varies greatly by county. But across the state, a few things are certain:

  1. California is mailing ballots to all registered voters.
  2. Mail-in ballots are counted here as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day.
  3. If you’re worried about getting your ballot in, the time is now to double check your registration status.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

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