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California Secretary of State - How to Register to Vote

California Secretary of State - Voting Bill of Rights

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder - Polling Place and Sample Ballot Lookup

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder - Voter Registration Status

Information for Military and Overseas Voters

A BIT OF VOTING RIGHTS HISTORY…

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Congress passed this hallmark legislation during a period of civil rights turmoil nationally, particularly the civil rights of African Americans. In spite of existing laws to protect voting rights, discriminatory election practices existed in many parts of the country, including poll taxes and literacy tests. The effect was that many African Americans were prevented from exercising their right to vote.

Congress has reauthorized the act twice since then. The 1975 reauthorization, signed by President Gerald Ford, expanded the law to include language minorities. Cities, counties and states with substantial numbers of foreign language voters must now a) translate election materials; b) assist voters in their native languages; and c) have bilingual polling place workers.

To honor the Voting Rights Act, Lawndale has provided language assistance to Spanish and Vietnamese speaking voters since the mid-1990s. And on August 3, 2015, the City Council commemorated the Voting Rights Act's 50th anniversary by resolution. To view this resolution, click here.
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