Election Information

The next City Council Election is November 8, 2016 for three (3) Members of the City Council from District Nos. 1, 3, and 5.

In order for a person to be
eligible for candidacy for the office of Council Member, Downey City Charter Section 501 requires a person to be a registered voter and be a resident of the district for thirty (30) days prior to the first day which candidates for office are permitted to file nomination papers (early July). Prior to issuing nomination papers, the registration of all prospective candidates will be verified with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder.

Campaign Finance Regulations were adopted by the City Council in 2011 and limits the amount of money a City Council Candidate can solicit and spent during an election.  For specific information, please review the Campaign Finance Ordinance or contact the City Clerk's Office at (562) 904-7280.

November 4, 2014 Election Results -  View Results

For the City of Downey, ballots are tabulated by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder.  The first reporting of Vote-by-Mail ballots will occur at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Election Day.  Precinct semi-final results will be available as ballots are processed.  Bulletins are updated and results released approximately every 30 minutes until the last semi-final official results are tallied on Election Night or early the following morning.

To be eligible to vote in California you must:
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age on or before the day of the election
  • Be a resident of the State of California
  • Not be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony

To check your voter registration status, please click here.

To register to vote you must obtain and complete a voter registration form available at:

  • Los Angeles County facilities, City of Downey facilities, and your local libraries and post offices.
  • City of Downey, City Clerk's Office, 11111 Brookshire Avenue, Downey
  • Online at www.lavote.net  (Please read the Press Release for additional information.)

You must re-register to vote if you have moved, changed your name, or if you wish to change your political party affiliation.  The deadline to re-register is 15 days before the next election.  If you have not returned a vote-by-mail for two (2) consecutive Statewide General Elections, your name will be deleted from the vote-by-mail voter list and you will need to re-register.

Under State law a voter may apply for a permanent vote-by-mail status. As a permanent vote by mail voter, you will no longer have to apply for future elections.  A ballot will automatically be mailed to you for each election in which you are eligible to vote. You can complete the ballot at home and returned it by mail.  

If you would like to register for permanent Vote-By-Mail, click here to register to vote-by-mail.

If you have already applied for a permanent Vote-By-Mail ballot, click
here to check your status.


Who Can Become a Pollworker?
A Los Angeles County Pollworker must meet the following requirements:

A Los Angeles County Pollworker must meet the following requirements:

1. Resident of Los Angeles County
2. United States Citizen
3. 18 years of age or older
4. Registered voter in California

What Are the Responsibilities of a Pollworker?
Pollworkers must be available between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Election Day to set up the polls, provide assistance to voters, and conduct poll closing procedures. Pollworkers are paid for attending a training and working on election day.

Join LA County's Pollworker Program - Sign up online!

Are you bilingual?
Did you know that there are nine official languages in Los Angeles County? You can help voters in your community if you speak any of the following languages:Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Asian Indian, Cambodian.
If you would like additional information, please visit the Los Angeles County's Registrar-Recorder's Office at:
www.lavote.net, or the City Clerk's Office at (562) 904-7280.