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Morning Briefing: Election Day, 2020

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Good morning, L.A.

Today*, Angelenos are voting on 12 statewide Propositions, the next District Attorney, several City Council and LAUSD School Board seats, dozens of jurisdiction measures – oh, and the next President of the United States. To make sure your ballot is counted, here are some tips from Senior Politics Reporter Libby Denkmann:

In-Person Voters: L.A. has seen huge early voter turnout, but close to a million ballots could still be coming in – which may mean long lines at voting centers. COVID-19 safety measures could make lines appear longer than they actually are, though, so don’t be discouraged. As long as you are in line at a vote center before 8 p.m. today, stay in line! You can also check wait times here.

Mail-In Ballot Voters: We recommend dropping your ballot off in-person or at an official drop box, instead of sending it in the mail. The most common reason ballots are rejected in California is that they’re postmarked after Election Day.

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If you drop off your mail-in ballot at a vote center, you don’t have to wait in line. Look for the election worker near the check-in desk who’s accepting mail-in ballots. And don’t forget to sign the return envelope.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and don’t forget to vote.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

*Unless you’re one of the millions who have already voted early


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Coming Up Today, November 3

Our reporters will bring you live updates as election results are tracked throughout the day. You can read our coverage at LAist.com, or listen at 89.3 KPCC.

Aaron Mendelson continues to follow the record-setting voter turnout.

Elina Shatkin explains why most results for this election, whether local or national, aren't going to be definitively called today.

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Photo of the Day

Phillip Verbera, manager of community and voter outreach for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk with ballots collected from 400 drop boxes around the county.