Civic Engagement


Vote Early in the Election!

  • Mail in your ballot ahead of time
  • Drop off your ballot at a vote center
  • Vote in person at a vote center

Vote Centers in L.A. County

Election Resources Guide & SMC Events

Register to Vote

This page will allow you to register to vote by submitting an affidavit through the Secretary of State's online voter registration system.​  ​ Secretary of State - Voting In California Secretario de Estado - Registrarse para votar  登記投票

Rock the Vote – How to Vote by State

If you are registered as an independent or No Party Preference (NPP), you may request a cross-over party ballot to vote in the Presidential 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

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 ballot. 

Find out more: 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

Track Your Ballot

All California voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot with a prepaid postage return envelope for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

Track your Ballot

All voters can get critical updates on their ballots through California's official "Where's My Ballot?" tracking tool.  Signing up takes lass than 3 minutes!

What You Can Track

What it tracksYou can select to receive notifications on the status of your vote-by-mail ballot by test (SMS), email, or voice call, including alerts if there are any issues with your ballot and instructions for how to correct them to make sure your vote is counted.

Important Dates

  • October 5 – VBM ballots begin mailing and VBM Drop Boxes in place (380 – 400 total throughout LA County)
  • October 19 – Last day to register to vote (voters who miss the deadline can still participate in-person using the Conditional Voter Registration process, available at any Vote Center)
  • October 24 – Approximately 75 Vote Centers open for in-person voting.
  • October 30 – All Vote Centers open for in-person voting (approximately 800 total – includes the first 75)
  • November 3, 2020 — Presidential Election Day. Vote Centers open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3, or turned in at a Vote Center by 8 p.m.

Vote Center Locations

Find all LA County Vote Center Locations.

Student Opportunities

Apply to be a Poll Worker


  • At least 18 years of age or older 
  • If 17 years or younger, may participate in the High School Student Election Worker Program 
  • A resident of California 
  • US Citizen registered to vote or possessing legal permanent resident status (Green Card holder) 

Serve as nonpartisan Election Protection volunteers

Anyone can sign up to help with one of the following efforts on Election Day and/or during the early vote period. It takes 2 minutes to sign up: fill out the form with your basic information, select your county, and then select from three volunteer options: (1) Poll Monitor, (2) Social Media Monitor, and (3) Textbanker.

Protect the vote

Student Organizing and Activist Retreat (SOAR)

Sign up for the annual Student Organizing and Activist Retreat (SOAR). It’s a free three-hour training to learn how to plan an issue campaign, best organizing practices, action steps, media tips, and more. SOAR provides students the tools and resources to become better activists and advocates. Sign up Here


Non-Voter Resources

Are you an International Student or not eligible to vote?  Here are other ways to participate:

  • Be Curious. There’s a lot to learn about US politics and government. It can be overwhelming, but luckily, there are a lot of great resources to understanding the basics of it allLook at reputable news sources and non-profit voter education sites (check out this BBC News article). You can also join the conversation – learn about other’s point of view
  • Fact Check. There’s a lot of information out there — some of it is great, some of it is questionable, and some of it is just plain incorrect. Make sure you’re getting news from a trusted, reliable source.  Watch out for bias or “spin.” Ask friends and professors who are familiar with the American media landscape to learn more about reliable sources. Consider using the fact-checking operations offered by trusted journalism sources including The Associated PressReuters and The Poynter Institute.
  • Get Out the Vote! While you may not be able to vote, you can make sure those who can doAlthough many of us are staying at home, we all lead busy live – it's easy to forget to plan to vote. Even though many of us are stuck at home, we all still have busy lives. This election affects everyone – encourage your friends, classmates, and neighbors to vote!


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.