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How To Prepare For The Upcoming March 5 Primary Election

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By Diego Rentería

If you’re still recovering from the Presidential election last November, prepare yourselves: on March 5, Angelenos will return to the polls. It is your civic duty to vote and to make sure you’re registered to vote in the upcoming election that will help decide who takes the reins from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Below is the basic information and links you need to ensure you are able to vote on (or before) Tuesday, March 5.

REGISTRATION
California does not offer same-day registration for voters. Registration closed on February 19, 15 days before the March 5 election. Not sure if you're already registered? Check here. You can register for future elections online or print a form here.

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VOTE-BY-MAIL
If crowds and lines are not your thing, you can apply to Vote-By-Mail until February 26, either online or with this PDF form. Applications for Vote-By-Mail must be received by the Office of the City Clerk - Elections Division by 5 pm Tuesday, February 26. You can register in person for Vote-By-Mail until 5 pm Monday, March 4. For addresses and instructions, click here.

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE
If you prefer to vote in person at your polling place, you can find your March 5 polling place here.

Stay tuned for our upcoming March 5 Primary Election guide! And not longer after that, we'll be talking about the Los Angeles General Municipal Election that will take place on May 21, 2013. (If you're curious about why we choose our mayors in odd years, head over to LA Observed for a history lesson.)