Why Isn't The Karen Bass Versus Rick Caruso LA Mayoral Race On My Ballot?
The race for L.A. mayor is everywhere you look — on television, on the radio, on billboards, and on Angelenos' front lawns.
But it might not be on your ballot.
If you got your ballot for the November general election and you don’t see the L.A. mayor race on it, it's probably not an error. You probably live in L.A. County, but not in the City of L.A. — and the L.A. mayor only represents the city of L.A.
There are 88 cities in L.A. County, each with their own mayor. Plus, a lot of L.A. County is unincorporated, meaning it isn't a part of any city. If you live in unincorporated L.A. County, the county, led by the Board of Supervisors, serves as your local government and takes care of your local services.
We recommend putting your address in Voter’s Edge to look up your ballot. Be sure to put your whole address, not just your ZIP code. It will tell you what should be on your ballot. If the mayoral race doesn’t appear, it’s likely you don’t live in the City of L.A. If it does appear, and you suspect there is an issue with your ballot, contact the L.A. County Elections office.
More Voter Guides
City of Los Angeles
- Mayor: Learn more about Karen Bass and Rick Caruso, and who is funding their campaigns
- City Controller: Learn who is running and why it matters
- Measures: Make sense of Measure LH, Measure SP, and Measure ULA
- City Council: There are four districts on this ballot
- Sheriff: Compare the two candidates for L.A. County sheriff
- Water Agencies: Learn what they do and what to look for in a candidate
How to evaluate judges
- Superior Court: What you need to know to make a choice
- Court of Appeals: Why this in on your ballot
- State Supreme Court: What your vote means
- Propositions 26 and 27: The difference between the sports betting ballot measures
- Proposition 29: Why kidney dialysis is on your ballot for the third time
- Proposition 30: Why Lyft is the biggest funder of this ballot measure
Head to the Voter Game Plan homepage for guides to the rest of your ballot.
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