Vote for the Next Palms NC Board 2021-23!
2021 Key Dates:
- 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 Recording: Facebook Live, YouTube Individual Clips: Unopposed Candidates; President Candidates; Area B Candidates
- 2nd Candidate Forum: *May 4th, 7:00 – 9:00PM Recording: Facebook Live, YouTube
- Ballots Sent Out: May 10th
- Election day: June 8th
- Deadline for City Clerk to receive mail-in ballot: June 18th (must be postmarked June 8th)
* The 2nd Candidate Forum will take place on May 4th, not May 26th, to accommodate for early voting taking place as early as May 11th.
**Applications or required documentation must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on filing deadline days.
2021 NC Election Timeline (detailed) – refer to Region 11
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 Clerk.ElectionsNC@LAcity.org. 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 EmpowerLA@LAcity.org / (213) 978-1551.
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).
Additional Assistance: Service Providers in Region 11 can help the unhoused, monolingual speakers, youth, seniors, the disabled, and individuals without access to digital technology vote. They will host a Vote-By-Mail application display and serve as a ballot pick up location. Nearby Service Providers for Palms are:
Submitting Mail-In Ballot: Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by June 8th and received by the City Clerk within 10 calendar days to be counted.
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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). You can also enter your address here to verify if you live in the Palms NC boundaries.
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 (http://tiny.cc/NCVoteTurnout).
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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