LA’s Election Reform Commission released its final report to the City Council’s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and now it is up to LA’s 95 Neighborhood Councils to offer feedback on the five recommendations for increasing voter turnout in LA’s municipal elections.
Neighborhood Councils can file a Community Impact Statement with their council’s position on the recommendations, the report, and their own suggestions for engaging voters and increasing participation at the polls.
The Commission’s #1 recommendation was to move the dates of the City’s regular primary and general municipal elections from the current schedule of March and May of odd numbered years to a new schedule of June and November of even numbered years.
The other recommendations addressed voter registration and voter files, early voting and ease of voting, outreach and civic engagement, and absentee voting.
The Committee will hold the report for approximately 90 days to give the Neighborhood Councils an opportunity to review the report and engage their communities in offering public comment before the report goes to City Council on September 15, 2014.