On Saturday, April 26, from 10:00am – 4:00pm, the L.A. City Clerk and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment will hold elections for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.
Here is everything you need to know to make an informed decision, and make your neighborhood a better place:
- Elections will be held at Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041 (at Maywood).
- Polls open at 10:00am, and close at 4:00pm.
- You will be asked to fill out a registration form before you can vote. The form is available in advance at this link. Print out at home, and bring with you to save time.
- If you want to vote for a Sub-District candidate, you need to know which one you live in. Click here for a Sub District map.
No ID is needed to vote. You must bring ID to the polls! See details, below.
- Know whom you’re voting for! The list of candidates is available on our page at the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
- Questions? Comments? We’re here to help! Send us an email at email@example.com
ERNC Elections Update!
Today the ERNC was informed by the City of L.A. that this Saturday’s elections will not be “self-affirmation,” as they had previously announced. Instead, voters will be asked for “acceptable documentation” to prove that they are Eagle Rock Stakeholders.
What’s an Eagle Rock Stakeholder? In general, it’s someone who lives, works, or owns property or a business in Eagle Rock.
What’s “acceptable documentation”? It’s any one of the below, as long as it shows both your name and your Eagle Rock address:
- Driver’s License
- CA Identification Card
- Any picture ID (work, school, gym, club, credit card, etc.)
If you don’t have one of the above, then you can provide two of the following, showing an Eagle Rock address where appropriate:
Social Security Card
Residential lease or rental agreement
Los Angeles County property tax bill
Mortgage statement or rent receipt
Home owner’s or renter’s insurance documentation
Current utility bill
Home Owners’ Association bill
Letter from landlord confirming renter/tenant status
Mail with your name and home or business address
Letter from local Neighborhood Watch
Other similar documentation proving occupancy/tenancy
Business lease or rental agreement
Commercial mortgage statement or lease receipt
Current City of LA Business license
Personal business card
Printed advertisement or webpage of business
Letter from employer on business letterhead verifying employment
California (CA) State Board of Equalization resale certificate
Pay check or stub
Letter/documentation from Business Improvement District (BID) or Chamber of Commerce
Billing statements from vendors
Other similar documentation proving employment or business ownership
If you forget your documentation, you can still vote — just fill out a Provisional Ballot, and you’ll have 3 days to email the information in to the City Clerk.
NEW! If you’re not an Eagle Rock Stakeholder, you may still be able to vote as a Community Interest Stakeholder.
If you don’t live or work in Eagle Rock, but do have a strong connection to it — like being a member of a nonprofit, place of worship, or civic group — you can still vote in the election? The City of L.A. has asked us to remind you that if you can provide proof of your connection (see box, below), you’ll be considered a “Community Interest Stakeholder,” and you can vote. Granted, you can only vote for one seat — the new “At Large” director — but it’s something new this year.
The At Large seat, and the Community Interest Stakeholders that are allowed to run and vote for it, are the end result of the controversy caused by the ERNC’s 2012 elections, when out-of-towners (“Starbucks Stakeholders”) were encouraged to vote in our elections, using a receipt from a local business as supposed proof of their stake in the neighborhood. The City of LA got rid of the receipt-holders, but kept those who could prove that they had a real connection to Eagle Rock.
Just to be clear, anyone eligible to vote can vote for the At Large seat, so everyone will see it on their ballot tomorrow. But if you’re a Community Interest Stakeholder, it’s the only seat you can vote for.
If you’re a Community Interest Stakeholder, when you come to vote tomorrow, bring picture ID (like a Drivers License), and written proof of your connection to the neighborhood. What’s considered written proof? For starters, copy and fill out the letter at this link — it will be your best piece of evidence. If you can’t fill it out tomorrow, you can have 3 days to send the letter in to the City. Just tell the Poll Worker that you’d like to vote provisionally.
The whole list of acceptable documentation for Community Interest Stakeholders (and everyone else) can be found in the Elections Manual at this link. Look at pages 6-7 for the Community Interest list.
Isn’t democracy wonderful? If you have any problems voting tomorrow, email the ERNC from your smartphone: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll help you out!
Elections Volunteers Needed!
|Serve your community, eat some free food, and meet your neighbors, by helping out at the ERNC elections on Saturday. It’s easy, and fun! We need people to help out before, during, and after the election. Come for an hour or the whole day. Teens are welcome!Sign up online at this link:
ERNC Elections Sign-Up for Saturday, April 26