March 2013 Elections

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In 2013, Los Angeles will be electing a new mayor, as well as a City Attorney and other positions. In addition, residents of City Council districts 1,3,5,6,7,9,11,13, & 15 will be selecting new City Council representatives. On March 5, all candidates will run in a Primary Election. The top two vote-recipients will move on to the May 21 General Election. Los Angeles City Council and Mayoral races are non-partisan, meaning that the candidates do not run as members of a political party.

Korean American voters voted in massive numbers at the November 2012 elections and were critical in passing Proposition 30, which taxes the top 2% to save public education and social services. The 2013 elections are an opportunity for voters to support progressive values, and demand that candidates stand up for working and immigrant families, and help form good-paying jobs in Los Angeles. KRC is helping community members learn about the candidates by publishing a candidate questionnaire.

If you are already registered to vote in Los Angeles, and you have not moved, you can vote without having to register again. You can check your registration status at http://www.lavote.net or at the Korean Resource Center.

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Important Dates

Voter Registration Deadline
Tuesday, February 19th
*Registration Forms must be postmarked by this date.
* You must re-register if you have changed your address or name.
Vote-By-Mail Application Deadline
Tuesday, February 26th
Election Date
Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Your polling place location will be printed on the back of your sample ballot.
  • First time voters must show a photo ID or a document that states their name and residence address at the poll site.
  • VBM ballots must be received by the local county clerk’s once by Election Day. On Election Day, you can drop off VBM ballots at any polling place within your county.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information about candidates and ballot issues?

Los Angeles elects a new mayor every four years. It is important for voters to be well-informed and choose a candidate that supports progressive values, stands up for working and immigrant communities, and will help form good-paying jobs in Los Angeles.

Did I register when I received citizenship?

You are not automatically registered to vote when you naturalize to become a US Citizen. However, you may have registered to vote at the naturalization ceremony (see question below)

How do I check if I am registered to vote?

If you are a Los Angeles County resident, you can check your registration status at http://www.lavote.net . You may also call the Korean Resource Center to check your status for you.

/ Do I have to re-register to vote?

If you are registered to vote, you do not have to re-register to vote. There are two exceptions. One is if you have moved to a new address since registering to vote. The other exception is if you are a Permanent Absentee Voter and have not voted in the past two election cycles. You can re-register to vote at any government office - DMV, libraries, or the post office - or come to the Korean Resource Center for a voter registration form.

Where do I go vote?

The address of your polling location will be mailed to you on the back of your "sample ballot," which will be mailed to your registered address in mid February.


What LA City District do I vote in?

There are 15 City Council districts in Los Angles. You can find your district at http://lavote.net/OnlineDistrictmapApp/

Ballot Initiatives

There will be two propositions on the March 5 primary elections ballot. If the following measures pass with a majority of the vote, they will be passed into law.

Proposition A: Neighborhood Public Safety and Vital City Services Funding and Accountability Measure

Proposition A, if passed, will offset California state budget cuts and provide funding for: 911 emergency response services, firefighter, paramedic, and police officers, senior services, and gang and drug prevention programs, as well as repairing potholes and sidewalks. This would be funded by a 0.5% (1/2 cent) sales tax increase in Los Angeles.

Supporters say that this bill will allow Los Angeles to rest on sound fiscal footing, balance its budget, and prevent cuts of up to 500 police officers. Those opposed say that this bill is regressive, and will disproportionately impact working class and low-income people as well as small businesses.

KRC Position: Neutral

Charter Amendment B: Fire and Police Pension Plan; Cost Neutral Purchases of Retirement Credit by Certain Members

Charter Amendment B, if passed, would allow police personnel who are transferred from the Department of General Services, to purchase retirement pension credits from the Fire and Police department plans. The Department of General Services provides security for LA City Hall, Central Library, and the Los Angeles Zoo. This proposal would be cost neutral to the city budget.

KRC Position: Neutral

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