Voting is tough. Sure, you listen to KPCC. And you watch political talk shows. You read the Internet. And you subscribe to newsletters. But you're still not completely sure how you'll vote on Measure H. Not to mention the other measures.
Take a deep breath. Relax. And get a voter game plan. The election is March 7. Get to it.
1. Make sure you can vote.
Not sure if you're registered? You can check online here.
2. Do your research now.
L.A. Mayor: Incumbent Eric Garcetti is seeking re-election with 10 challengers also on the March 7 primary ballot.
To win outright in the primary, a candidate will need to win a majority of the votes. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters advance to the May 16 general election. Learn more.
L.A. School Board: Three seats on the Los Angeles Unified School Board will be decided this election.
The winners will join the seven-member school board for five-and-a-half-year terms. We’ve surveyed the candidates on their backgrounds and issues. Learn more.
The proposal would impose a two-year ban on construction projects that are taller or bigger than what zoning rules currently allow. Learn more.
Measure H: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a 1/4-cent tax on the March 7 ballot specifically aimed at homeless funding.
It will need support from 2/3 of voters to pass and would raise an estimated $355 million annually. Do you want to raise sales taxes to fund hundreds of millions of dollars worth of services for the homeless? Learn more.
You can also watch AirTalk's voter cram session on Measures S and H:
Read more stories about the 2017 Election, including on L.A. City Council races.
3. Stay up to date with important upcoming events.
KPCC In Person returns to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes – where we held our primary day #WhyIVoted party and spent Election Day in November – to join Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles for its Election Central watch party and its 34th Congressional District candidates forum.
A nonpartisan event, the Election Central party has traditionally welcomed people with a variety of perspectives and attracted local dignitaries and VIPs, including city, county and state officials, staffers and stakeholders.
4. Make some choices.
Use our election guide to find candidate bios, endorsements, news and more.
Enter your information below to find your personalized ballot. Here's how to save your choices and take them with you to the polls.
5. All set? Great! Here are some more voting tips:
From KPCC's senior political reporter Mary Plummer:
If you're already signed up for a mail ballot, start checking your mailbox for your ballot because vote by mail has started.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is your sample ballot booklet, which tells you exactly what will be on your specific ballot. Those started going out a couple of weeks ago. They're helpful for finding out what you'll want to do your homework on before you vote. Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten yours yet, they're mailed out on a rolling basis. You can also find your sample ballot online here.
Have a question about voting? Ask our Human Voter Guide.
Our senior political reporter Mary Plummer is here for you.
You can also submit your questions here:
6. Help someone else make a voter game plan.
Here's a few other resources we thought you might find useful: