By Ken Striplin
We are fortunate to live in a community where diverse interests, beliefs, backgrounds and more are celebrated and welcomed. As the upcoming election draws near, I encourage each of you to make your voice and beliefs heard by voting.
The City of Santa Clarita’s next General Municipal Election will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 3. As you prepare to vote, if you haven’t done so already, please remember that there are different safe voting options available to you throughout our community.
As a registered voter in Los Angeles County, you should have received a Vote by Mail ballot. If you prefer to Vote by Mail, you are asked to complete your ballot and have it postmarked by Election Day.
Your Vote by Mail ballot may be returned in one of three ways, including by postage-free mail, at any Drop Box location or at any Vote Center in LA County.
Santa Clarita Drop Boxes can be found at:
Bouquet Canyon Park
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
Santa Clarita Metrolink Station
Old Town Newhall Library
Santa Clarita Park
Todd Longshore Park
Valencia Public Library
Pico Canyon Park
LA County Fire Station 132
LA County Fire Station 143
LA County Fire Station 76
West Creek Park.
Each of these options are safe and secure, so please choose what best fits your wants or needs.
Additionally, LA County’s website has an excellent resource for locating secure Drop Boxes near you at Locator.LAvote.net/Locations/VBM. Once you have returned your Vote by Mail ballot, you can also track your ballot by text, email or call, and ensure it was received by subscribing to LA County’s free service “Where’s My Ballot.”
Another safe voting option available in our community is voting in-person at a Vote Center. Each Vote Center is set up to adhere to coronavirus (COVID-19) safety guidelines. If this is your preferred method of voting, please wear a face covering and remember to practice social distancing to protect yourself and others.
Thank you to our Vote Center volunteers for allowing for this safe method of voting. Election volunteers are working diligently to keep all surfaces and devices sanitized for your comfort and safety while voting. Countless Vote Centers are available across Santa Clarita,including at the Caravalho Santa Clarita Sports Complex, CalArts and many others. Official Vote Centers can be located on the County’s website at Locator.LAvote.net/Locations-List/vc?id=4193.
If you are registered and able to vote, please make a plan to do so. Whether you prefer voting in-person or feel safer voting by mail, each option is available to you within Santa Clarita. If you need more information to help you decide your best option for voting, please visit VoteSanta
Voting should not be a stressful process, but an easy way to make your voice heard within our community and nation. Exercise your right to vote safely this week!
Ken Striplin can be reached at [email protected]. The views expressed in his column are those of the City and do not necessarily reflect those of The Signal.