With Election Day in Long Beach just a hours away, the Post has all the details for voters anxiously navigating the city’s primary municipal election.
Polling places will be open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, April 12. And, if you're still in line at 8:00PM before poll workers announce "the polls are now closed," fear not—you can still cast your ballot, according to City Clerk Maria De La Luz Garcia. No identification is needed to vote, but if you want to know where you are supposed to vote and the options available, make sure to bring your sample ballot.
You have multiple ways of finding out where you can vote (aka the exact location of the polling place near you), including on the city clerk’s website where you can type in your home address, with the city’s Vote Long Beach app and calling the city clerk’s office, during polling hours, at 562.570.6101. Additionally, you may access the sample ballot on the website and app, or find one offered in multiple languages at your polling place.
The city clerk’s website and voting app will also allow you to check the status of your Vote-By-Mail ballot to discover this year's election results.
Only residents living in Council Districts two, four, six and eight, Long Beach Unified School District Board District two and four, and Long Beach Community College District two and four will be voting on Tuesday.
This year's election cycle brought a slew of stories on candidates, both inspiring as well as cautionary. In particular, the Second District's campaign has been characterized by a stream of misleading endorsements and campaign tactics. Moreover, a controversial mailer caught heat in the Eighth District, due to what was widely criticized as its carrying of racial undertones and perpetuating negative racial stereotypes.
City Council candidates
In particular, the Post had the honor of interviewing every candidate up for this city council election. Read below for specifics on the candidates.
District 2: Jeannine Pearce, Joen Garnica and Eric Gray.
District 4: Daryl Supernaw
District 6: Erik Miller, Robert Harmon, Josephine A. Villasenor and Dee Andrews
District 8: Wesley Turnbow, Al Austin II and Laurie C. Angel
Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education candidates
District 2: Felton C. William and Jessica Vargas-Alvarez
District 4: Jon Meyer and Rosi A. Pedersen
Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees candidates
Area 4: Doug Otto and Davina M. Keiser
In other reports, the Post has spoken to candidates to determine their answers on items ranging from local food policy to the arts. For more information, read on. And quickly after, find your polling station, ensuring your voice is heard.