As a result of Charter Amendments 1 and 2 approved by the voters in 2015, the City’s municipal elections will now be held in even-numbered years and consolidated with California State elections conducted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. The city expects to hold its primary election on March 3.

LA County has modernized the voting experience. Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP), is designed to give voters flexible options to make voting easier.

This coming “Super Tuesday,” March 3, any voter can use 11 days to vote at any vote center throughout the county. These vote centers will have full language services and expanded accessibility

Electronic rosters at each vote center will be able to access data in real time and allow for same-day registration. Keep in mind that if you do not vote in two consecutive elections, you are removed as a registered voter. Make sure your registration is up to date. Registration must be updated if your name, address or political party has changed.

The new Ballot Marking Machine will be demonstrated tomorrow from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Department of Water and Power (DWP), 4030 Crenshaw Blvd., LA. Call (323) 290-5955 or visit https://www.bwwla.org/sisters-eight/ to RSVP.

This event is sponsored by Black Women for Wellness in partnership with the Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk.

According to Black Women for Wellness, more than 70 percent of registered Black women voted In the 2016 Presidential election. This was more than any other ethnic group or gender in the U.S. However, a University of California poll stated that Black women, regardless of socioeconomic status, are the most likely to be overlooked in policy decisions.

“Voting is important to Black Women for Wellness because Black women and girls vote prolifically in each election, but are often left out of the conversation when platforms, agendas and resources are discussed and decided,” said Jamila Jabulani, civic engagement director for the organization.

“BWW is intentional and successful with empowering the voices of Black women as informed voters, advocates and leaders with our election process,” Jabulani said.

Locally, Black Women for Wellness conducted a survey of black women residents in Los Angeles County. Research found that access to health care, sexually transmitted infections and media depictions of Black women and girls were some of the biggest issues of concern.

Voting by mail is accessible and easier to use with more than 150 drop-off locations available across the county. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is Feb. 25.

Voters registered with a political party can only vote for that party’s presidential candidates in a primary election.

Californians who are registered to vote with No Party Preference (NPP) must request an American Independent party, Democratic Party, or Libertarian Party presidential primary ballot. This is known as “crossover voting.” If a NPP voter does not request a crossover ballot when they check in at the polls, they will receive a primary election ballot without any presidential candidates listed.

The voter registration deadline is February 17. Register to vote or check your voting status by visiting https://registertovote.ca.gov/

For more information on the March 3 presidential primary election, visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/presidential-primary-eleciton-march-3-2020/