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By Jorge Casuso

May 16, 2022 -- Once again, Santa Monica voters have multiple ways to cast ballots they received in the mail this month for Federal, State and County offices in the June 7 California primary.

Starting May 9, the Registrars Office mailed ballots to the County's 5.68 million registered voters -- 68,826 of them in Santa Monica -- and four local Vote By Mail (VBM) Drop-Boxes were unlocked.

Under California's top-two, non-partisan primary system, all voters can cast ballots for any candidate, with the top two vote-getters facing off in a general election runoff November 8.

Local voters will be asked to cast ballots for everything from Governor and U.S. Senator to a smattering of races for County Superior Court judges that have not been decided.

Perhaps the most hotly contested race on the Santa Monica ballot is for the District 3 County Supervisor's seat vacated by Santa Monica resident Sheila Kuehl, who was first elected in 2014.

Six candidates will face off in the primaries -- West Hollywood Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath, State Senators Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys and Henry Stern of Malibu, Roxanne Beckford Hoge, Craig Brill and Jeffi Girgenti.

State Assembly member Richard Bloom, who dropped out of the Supervisor's race, would have been the only Santa Monica resident running in the more conservative redrawn district.

Santa Monica voters also will be asked to choose between Louis Abramson and Rick Chavez Zbur to represent Santa Monica in the newly drawn Assembly District 51 that now includes Santa Monica.

Sate Senator Ben Allen is the only candidate running for his Senate District 24 seat, while follow Santa Monican Tony Vazquez is seeking reelection to the State Board of Equalization for District 3.

In a closel watched County race, eight candidates are fighting to unseat LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, while three candidates are running against incumbent County Assessor Jeffrey Prang.

Of the 167 races for LA County Superior Court Judge, all but nine of the primaries have been canceled and a candidate elected.

Santa Monica voters also will be asked to weigh in on a short-term race for U.S. Senator Alex Padilla's seat, which expires in November.

They also will vote to fill the full six-year term for the seat California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Padilla to fill after Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President in January 2021.

In the race for U.S. Congress, incumbent Ted Lieu, who represents Santa Monica, is facing seven challengers.

In addition to mailing in their ballots, local voters can also cast ballots at an 11-day vote center at Saint Anne Church from May 28 to June 6, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on June 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

They also can visit seven 4-Day Vote Centers from June 4 to 6 and on June 7 during the same hours.

The centers will be located at the Civic Center Parking Structure, Grant Elementary School, Joslyn Park, Marine Park, Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica College and the Professional Development Learning Center.

"Vote Centers will follow current public health and safety guidelines such as encouraging mask use while in line or voting, sanitizing Ballot Marking Devices after each voter, and physical distancing," according to the City Clerk's office.

Official State Voter Information Guides and the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Sample Ballots will be mailed to voters and posted online.

The County is looking for both paid and volunteer election workers. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens and registered to vote in California or Legal Permanent Residents.

They must provide proof of vaccination. Bilingual workers are especially needed. To apply visit LAVOTE.GOV/electionworker.

For more information on the Santa Monica election contact the City Clerk’s Office at clerk@santamonica.gov or call(310) 458-8211.


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