​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Civic Engagement

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is happening now in cities, counties and states throughout the nation. As you may know, the Census is a count of every person living in the U.S. The population data that results from this count is used to determine things like how to split up  California's congressional districts and how to distribute federal resources, such as funding for some student financial aid, healthcare, housing, transportation and other important student services. The outcomes resulting from this data last for a decade.

That's why the California Community Colleges is working to ensure all of our students, faculty, staff and their families are counted in the 2020 Census so that our communities reflect all who live here. Our students are at risk of being undercounted. Many people fall within the hard-to-count (HTC) category, which means they are at risk of not hearing about the Census and/or not filling out the Census form.

Important Census dates:

·       March 12 – 20: 2020 Census letters will be mailed, explaining how to complete the Census form

·       March 16 – April 3: Reminder notifications mailed

·       April 1: Check your campus and community for Census Day activities

·       April 8 – April 27: Hard copy of Census form and final reminder notifications mailed.

·       April 28: At home, in-person follow-ups begin to households that have not filled out the Census

Please visit CaliforniaCensus.org to complete your 2020 Census form today, or call 800-923-8282 for more information.

  • The form will ask nine simple questions about you and the people who live in your home, including your name, age, phone number, race, sex and whether you rent or own your home.

It is essential that we get a complete count of every student from all 115 California community colleges. Please share this message with your friends, family and others in your community. Your information is safe. Be sure you include any person living in your household, family or not, regardless of citizenship status. The quickest and easiest way to complete the Census form is online or by phone but you can also complete it by mail.

With your help, we can encourage even more Californians to complete the Census form and shape our state's future for years to come! For more information about the 2020 Census, please visit CaliforniaCensus.org.​

Register to V​​ote

You can register to vote by submitting an affidavit with the California Secretary of State:

  Secretary of State - Voting In California
Secretario de Estado - Registrarse para votar 

You may request a vote by mail ballot by February 25, 2020.

If you are registered as an independent or No Party Preference (NPP), you may request a cross-over party ballot to vote in the P​residential Primary for any of the following parties: Democratic Party, Libertarian Party, American Independent Party. (Republican Party is a closed Primary so independents or NPP's cannot vote in it at all.) 

​Conditional Voter Registration (Same-Day Registration)

Eligible Los Angeles County residents who miss an election's registration deadline can still vote at any Vote Center in L.A. County. Under California Election Law, Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) allows a prospective voter to conditionally register and cast a ballo​t. More information available at Conditional Voter Registration.​

Registration Status

Don't remember if you're registered to vote? Need to check what name you're registered under or what political party you're registered with? Check your registration status online at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

Important Dates (2020)


  • February 18 — Voter Registration Deadline (E-15)


  • March 3 — Primary Election Day. Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm. Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before March 3, or turned in at a polling place by 8:00 pm.

September (National Voter Registration Month)

  • September 22 — National Voter Registration Day


  • October 23 — Voter Registration Deadline (E-15) / Ballot Bowl Challenge Ends


  • November 3 — Presidential Election Day. Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm. Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, or turned in at a polling place by 8:00 pm.
  • November 16 — Ballot Bowl Winners Announced.​

​SMC's Vote Center

Santa Monica College is a four-day vote center for Los Angeles County!​

Location: 1510 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA ​90405 (FREE parking available at Lot 6​)

Hours for the March 3, 2020 Primary Election

  • Saturday (2/29/20), Sunday (3/1/20), and Monday (3/2/20): 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday (3/3/20) - Election Day: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Find all vote center locations: LA County V​ote Centers​

More information on Vote Centers: Voting Made Easy


Students can drop off Vote by Mail ballots, cast ballots in person, request cross-over party ballots (Democratic Party, Libertarian Party, American Independent Party) and participate in same-day voter registration at SMC's voter center:1510 Pico Blvd., one block from campus, from February 29 - ​March 3, 2020. ​