Vernon to Push Voter Registration In City

By EGP Staff Report

For years, election of city office holders has come down to ballots cast by as few as two-dozen registered voters in Vernon, but with the recent doubling of the city’s residential population that could change.

The city hopes to increase Vernon’s current pool of 63 registered voters by reaching out to people living in the recently opened Vernon Village Park development, and will hold an informational meeting there Nov. 18 to explain how elections work in the city.

While Vernon has yet to see any new voter registrations since the housing project opened, “we are hoping that will soon change,” City Clerk Maria E. Ayala told EGP.

Ayala said her office is hosting the meeting and that staff will explain Vernon’s voting process. They will also be armed with voter registration and change of address forms to make the process more convenient for residents.

Vernon elections are conducted by mail-in-ballot – meaning there are no polling places or voting booths. While vote-by-mail ballots are not new, the “practice may be completely different to what new residents are used to,” Ayala said.

The city clerk said her office has also compiled and distributed Vernon’s first resident information pamphlet containing contact information for city departments and important meeting dates to encourage residents to get involved in the city.

The Nov. 18 meeting is open to all city residents – even if they are already registered to vote in L.A. County – and Spanish translation will be available. The meeting will be held at the Vernon Village Community Room located at 4675 E. 52nd Drive.

The city’s next election is scheduled for April 12, when Mayor W. Michael McCormick’s term expires.

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