Palms Neighborhood Council Elections

RUN for the Next Palms NC Board 2021-23!

2021 Key Dates:

  • Candidate Filing: Feb 6th – March 23rd
  • Challenge Period: Feb 6th – March 31st
  • Mail-in Ballot Request: April 9th- June 1st
  • Candidate Campaigning Training: April 14th, 6:00 – 7:00PM
  • 1st Candidate Forum: April 29th, 7:00 – 9:00PM
  • 2nd Candidate Forum: May 26th, 7:00 – 9:00PM
  • Ballots Sent Out: May 10th
  • Election day: June 8th

* Zoom info will be listed in the Palms NC Events calendar

Region 11 timeline summary (Palms NC is in Region 11) ~ Elections Schedule (key dates) 


Neighborhood Council Elections Resources:

LA City Clerk Neighborhood Council Elections Website – Main portal for NC elections with information on running, voting and official canvass of votes. For help with candidate applications, qualifying paperwork, ballot request or return, contact City Clerk at (213) 978-0444 (8am – 5pm M – F) or email Help is available in many languages.

EmpowerLA Neighborhood Councils Elections Website – For more information in NC elections. For questions about how to campaign or Candidate Info Sessions, use the contact form in the website or contact the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) at / (213) 978-1551.

2021 NC Elections Handbook


How do I register to be a candidate?

The Candidate filing period for the Palms NC board is between Feb 6th – March 23rd. To sign up go to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s portal and create an account. The portal also includes information on candidate guidelines, information guide and challenge application.   

Candidate Filing Portal

On Election Day, candidates must be age 18+, except for Youth Seat candidates, who must be age 14-17. Candidates need not be US citizens to qualify. Participation is also open to the formerly incarcerated.

Youth Participation in NC Elections Video

Candidate Information Sessions

Empower LA is hosting information sessions that cover the candidate application process, tips on crafting your candidate statement, and how to effectively campaign. Upcoming sessions are listed in the Eventbrite link below. Note that Palms NC will also host a Candidate Campaigning Training on April 14th.

Why Should I Run?

Learn more about what it means to be a Neighborhood Council member, including the average time commitment and the opportunities you’ll have to be a voice for your community in this short video:

View the Mayor’s remarks on how getting involved in your local Neighborhood Council by running for office or voting makes a big difference in your community:

Mayor Garcetti’s Elections Video


Where and when do I vote?

Palms NC Election Day: June 8, 2021

Due to COVID-19 public health emergency, the election this year will be held entirely by mail. You must request a mail-in ballot in order to vote.

Vote-By-Mail Application Website – Palms stakeholders can request for Vote-By-Mail ballots online or by mail starting April 9th until June 1st at 5:00 pm. For the online application, you will need to create a new account (unless you created a login/password if you filed for candidacy). *Note that Palms Neighborhood Council will show up in the drop down list in Step 2 of the online application on April 9th. 

Vote-By-Mail Application Instructions and FAQs

Vote-By-Mail FAQs

Submitting Mail-In Ballot: Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by June 8th and received by the City Clerk within three business days to be counted.

Drop Box locations (refer to Region 11 for Palms): It can also be put in a nearby ballot drop box from June 4th at 9:00 am to June 8th (Election Day) at 8:00 pm. The Ballot Drop Box for Palms NC will be at:

Palms – Rancho Park Branch Library
2920 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90064

As there will be no in-person voting locations this year, a ballot may not be requested day of. So be sure to request your mail-in-ballot no later than June 1st, and we advise that you request it earlier as ballots will be sent out starting May 10th. The Palms NC wants to make sure your voice is heard so we recommend that you submit your mail-in ballot early to give time for the postal service to deliver your ballot. 

Additional Information to Complete Your Mail-In Ballot

2021 Candidate List– Select Palms in the NC dropdown to see the official list of candidates and their statements. Start viewing on April 9th when Mail-In Ballot Request period begins. 

Palms NC Map: Boundaries of Palms including Area A-E boundaries. Reference to determine which Area Residential Representative to vote for.

Am I eligible to vote?

Anyone who lives, works, owns property or a business, or has another substantial local commitment, such as being a member of a local church, a volunteer at a nonprofit based in and serving the community, or a local student (or parent of a student) in Palms is eligible to run or vote in the Palms Neighborhood Council election. 

On Election Day, candidates must be age 18+, except for Youth Seat candidates, who must be age 14-17. Voters must be age 16+, except Youth Seat voters, who may be any age 14+. 

We are a self-affirmation neighborhood council which means you can declare a stake to vote when you request your mail-in ballot; you do not need to submit documentation to substantiate stake/prove voter eligibility.  It’s the honor system, which we are proud of, to include all residents in Palms. This means participation is also open to those who are not legal US residents as well as the formerly incarcerated; everyone can vote.

As a community stakeholder you can vote for all the seats (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Community Based Organization Representative, Business Representative, and Youth Representative) except for the Residential Seats.  If you also live in Palms, you can vote for one of the five Residential Area Representative Seats (A, B, C, D or E) that cover the part of Palms you live in (map here).

What is the Palms Neighborhood Council (aka why should I vote)?

The Palms Neighborhood Council (PNC) is an official advisory agency of the City of Los Angeles. The PNC serves as a voice for nearly 30,000 residents of Palms. The Palms NC seeks to improve the quality of life of our stakeholders, engage on issues affecting the community, improve the delivery of City services to our area and make City officials and departments more accountable to community needs. Refer to our latest 2019-2020 Annual Report.

Voter turnout for the Palms Neighborhood Council Election has been low in the past, and we hope that more will vote this year to better represent the 30,000 residents in Palms. In 2016, 473 voted, and in 2019, 698 voted in the Palms Neighborhood Council Election ( 

Palms Demographic Data Sheet – 2019

EmpowerLA: Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) Website – For more information on neighborhood councils and their operations

I want to vote but what if I want to get more involved?

The bulk of our work takes place in our committee system and you do NOT need to be an elected board member to sit on a committee. Actually, half of our committee chairs are not elected board members. You can join a committee right now! Just email the committee chair and start coming to their meetings. Committee info here and meeting calendar here.


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Updated 3/03/21