Long Beach Vote 2016
(Almost) Everything You Need for the June 7 Election
With the Long Beach Primary behind us, we can now turn our attention to the June 7 Election. PalacioMagazine.com inititated the Long Beach Vote 2016 project to encourage and empower Long Beach Voters through information and news. Over the past several months, we’ve been joined in this effort by Leadership Long Beach and the Political Science Department at California State University, Long Beach.
In addition to a general Municipal Election, there is a Federal and State Primary Election. Confused? Join the club. Over the next 5 weeks, PalacioMagazine.com will spotlight selected races and resources in the June 7 Election to help you make your decision-making easier.
The June 7 Election
First up is the Federal Primary where Long Beach Voters will be asked to cast their ballots for their preferential Presidential candidate. If you think it’s just Republican and Democratic candidates, you would be wrong.
The Republican Party ballot has five candidates. The Democrats have seven. But then, there are the other parties:
Also on the June 7 Election ballot are statewide races for United States Senator:
- Candidates stating no party preference 11
- Democratic Party 7
- Republican Party 12
- Green 1
- Libertarian 2
- Peace and Freedom 1
Locally, we’re expected to vote for the following representatives in the June 7 Election:
- 44th Congressional District– Congresswoman Janice Hahn is running for L.A. County Board of Supervisors. There are 10 candidates racing to replace her. The District includes Carson, Compton, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Graham (Part), Long Beach (Part), Los Angeles (Part), Lynwood, South Gate, Walnut Park, West Rancho Dominguez, Willowbrook.
- 47th Congressional District– Congressman Alan Lowenthal is running for reelection. There are no Democratic challengers. There are 2 Republicans running in the June 7 Primary Election. The District includes Avalon, Lakewood (Part), Long Beach (Part), Signal Hill.
- Two of the State Senate seats that represent parts of Long Beach are up for election.
- 33rd District State Senator Ricardo Lara is facing no challengers from Democrats or Republicans. The 33rd District includes the Los Angeles County cities and communities of Cudahy, Bell, Bell Gardens, Lynwood, Maywood, Signal Hill, Paramount, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park, Huntington Park, and most of Long Beach with portions of the cities of Lakewood and Los Angeles to achieve population equality.
- In the 35th District, State Senator Isadore Hall, III is running for the seat soon to be vacated by Congresswoman Janice Hahn. There are a total of 7 Democratic candidates in the June 7 Primary Election to replace him. On the Republican side, there are 2 candidates. The 35th State Senate District includes North Long Beach, among other communities.
- There are two State Assembly Districts representing Long Beach
- Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon represents the 63rd Assembly District in the California State Assembly, which includes the northern portion of Long Beach, among other communities. He’s facing no challengers on the Democratic side. On the Republican side, there is one candidate.
- Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell was elected to the California State Assembly to represent District 70, which includes Long Beach, among other communities, in November 2014. He’s facing no challengers on the Democratic or Republican side.
Then, there the other Primary races in the June 7 Election:
- L.A. County District Attorney
- 4th District Supervisor
- Superior Court Judges
- Central Committee Members for both the Democratic and Republican Parties
Wait, there is is also Proposition 50 that I’m sure all of you have heard about. Measures Appearing On The Ballot. 50 – Suspension Of Legislators. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.
Long Beach General Municipal (Run-Off) Election
Do we have your head spinning yet. Wait there’s more. In Long Beach General Municipal (Run-Off) June 7 Election, there are two candidates facing off against each other in the Second City Council District.
Also, in the June 7 Election, Long Beach voters will also be asked to say yes or no to 2 Measures and a Bond.
- Measure A: City Of Long Beach, Public Safety, Infrastructure Repair And Neighborhood Services Measure: To impose a retail transactions and use tax in accordance with the provisions of Part 1.6 (commencing with Section 7251) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and Section 7285.9 of Part 1.7 of Division 2 which authorizes the City to adopt this tax ordinance which shall be operative if a majority of the electors voting on the measure vote to approve the imposition of the tax at an election called for that purpose.
- Measure B: City Of Long Beach Budget Stabilization (“Rainy Day”) Fund Measure: An Ordinance Of The People Of The City Of Long Beach, California, Adding Chapter 3.94 To The Long Beach Municipal Code To Establish A Budget Stabilization (“Rainy Day”) Fund
- Long Beach Community College District (1) Lb – Long Beach City College Classroom Repair, Career Education, Student Transfer Measure. To prepare students/veterans for jobs/universities by: building/upgrading classrooms/laboratories, for health services, small businesses, police, firefighting, technology/other careers; improving deteriorating gas/electrical/sewer lines/leaky roofs, earthquake safety, security and repairing/constructing/acquiring facilities, fields and equipment, shall Long Beach Community College District issue $850,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring citizens’ oversight, independent audits, no money for administrators’ salaries/pensions, with funds used locally?
June 7 Election Resources
Here’s some resources to begin helping you sort through the long list of decisions you’ll need to make in 5 weeks at the June 7 Primary Election.
- Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, 562-466-1323
- Long Beach City Clerk, 562-570-6101,
- By subscribing to this electronic notification service (LinkLB), the Long Beach City Clerk Department will automatically send election information regarding: voter registration, how to vote by mail, poll locations, sample ballots (containing candidate and measure statements), and Election Day results to your email address.
- Register to vote as well check your registration status online
- Get your Frequently asked questions answered like “How do I become an Independent without joining the American Independent Party?” (There’s difference) and “Can I vote for Hillary if I’m a registered Republican?” (It’s a little more complicated. See next)
- State of California Secretary of State Elections and Voter Information
- Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality; here’s why. Ballotpedia’s articles are 100 percent written by our professional staff and a small group of guest editors. All content written by our guest editors is reviewed and fact-checked by our staff.
What is Crossover Voting?
From the Los Angeles County Clerk:
Presidential Primaries are especially unique because political parties have the ability to decide whether voters registered as No-Party Preference can “crossover” into their party, and vote for one of their candidates. For the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election, the American Independent*, Democratic and Libertarian parties have allowed “crossover” voting. Vote By Mail voters who are registered as No-Party Preference and want to vote for one of those three respective parties can do so, but will first need to fill out a “crossover” ballot request. Voters who will be voting at the polls and are registered as No-Party Preference simply need to request a “crossover” ballot upon checking-in at their polling location. Please note that if you choose to request a “crossover” ballot, it will not change your registered party preference.
Voters who are registered as No-Party Preference and would like to vote in the June 7 Presidential Primary for a Republican, Green, or Peace & Freedom Presidential candidate, must re-register to vote for one of those respective parties by May 23, 2016.
*American Independent is a political party. It is not the same as being registered with No-Party Preference.