As a destination for community and civic engagement, Downey City Library offers resources to assist with voter registration and election information.

Who can register?

To register to vote in Los Angeles County, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on or before election day and

  • Be a United States citizen.

  • You must not be found mentally incompetent by a court of law, serving a state prison term for a felony conviction in a County jail under contract between state and local officials or on parole/probation for a felony conviction as a condition of your release from prison/jail.

How do I register?

In the State of California, you can register online. To register you will need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,

  • The last four digits of your social security number and

  • Your date of birth.

When are elections?

Elections aren’t just every four years. Have your voice heard on the local and state-wide level by voting in every election.

  • Local elections – also known as coordinated or municipal elections – occur in odd-numbered years. The next coordinated election will take place in 2019.

  • California gubernatorial (governor) elections occur every four years. The next gubernatorial election will take place in 2022.

  • Presidential elections occur every four years. The next presidential election will take place in 2020.

  • Special elections can occur in any year.

What about Downey elections?

  • Downey city council elections are held in November on the same date and time as the statewide general election.

  • City council members are elected to four-year terms and can serve a maximum of two terms.

  • There are five city council seats in Downey and each seat represents one district. Every December, the mayor position rotates to a different council member.

How do I get involved?

  • Attend a Downey City Council meeting, which are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Downey City Hall located at 11111 Brookshire Avenue, Downey 90241.

  • Apply online to become a Community Pollworker

Is there any non-partisan information about elections?

For non-partisan information on elections, there are several non-profit organizations that offer informative guides and articles on ballot issues at the local, state and federal level.

To check the veracity of political and campaign statements, try:

  • Fact Check – A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players. FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • PolitiFact – A fact-checking website, owned by the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies, that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact looks at specific statements made by politicians and rates them for accuracy to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.

How can I find voting information in languages other than English?

The California Secretary of State offers voter information and assistance in ten different languages, including English, SpanishChineseHindiJapaneseKhmerKoreanTagalogThai and Vietnamese.

For voter assistance in your language, you can also call one of the California Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotlines.