The City's Future
Long Beach Vote 2016: The Transformative Power of the Vote
PalacioMagazine.com has launched an initiative to engage and empower Long Beach voters to Vote in order to make their voices heard. We’ve teamed up with Leadership Long Beach and the CSULB Political Science classes of Professor Som Chounlamountry to both encourage and measure voter participation in the upcoming Primary on April 12.
Our goals are to increase voter knowledge of candidates and issues in 2016 Long Beach election cycle, voter registration, and voter engagement and participation in local elections in advance of State and Federal elections in June and November
We propose to accomplish these goals through a multi-step process:
Educate voters on the candidates for the upcoming Primary election on April 12.
Research the candidate positions and create online posts
Generate stories and excerpts to inform voters
Conduct an online and on-site survey of Long Beach voters to measure their enthusiasm and engagement level for the April 12 Primary. You can participate here.
Develop and conduct an online and on-site Post Primary Election survey to measure the reasons behind high or low voter turnout. We’ll conduct the survey through similar channels and we’ll identify a few events.
The results of the research and surveys will be synthesized into a narrative and distributed to candidates, the City of Long Beach and community organizations. We expect that we’ll uncover a spectrum of conclusions about candidate messaging, engagement strategies, voter information gaps and the impact of voting on a Tuesday on turnout.
Voter information for the April 12th Primary is available at City Clerk Maria De La Luz Garcia (pictured left) Election Home Page. There, you can register to vote online, research campaign finance information, find your polling station, and track vote results.
Here’s the Election Calendar for the rest of March and April:
March 3-22, 2016– Sample ballot booklet mailed to each registered voter during this period
March 29, 2016– End of Filing period for write-in candidates
March 14-April 05, 2016– Vote by Mail – First and last day to apply. VBM Applications may be submitted between these dates (both dates inclusive). Applications received prior to the 29th day preceding the election will be kept and processed during this period
March 28, 2016– Last day to register to vote
April 06-12, 2016– Emergency Vote-by-Mail Period — During this time voters may apply for a vote-by- mail ballot if conditions require his/her absence from the polling place on election day. The voter may designate an authorized representative to pick up and return the ballot
April 12, 2016- ELECTION DAY