The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) along with LA’s 98 other Neighborhood Councils, form the grassroots level of the City’s government. While Venice NC board members serve their community without pay, they are public officials elected by the stakeholders of their community.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO VOTE!
This year's election will be Vote-By-Mail Only due to the pandemic. It is being conducted by the Los Angeles City Clerk.
This is your chance to vote for the Candidates who will help shape decisions on land use, housing, public safety, transportation, the environment, arts, and everything else that affects Venice. These Representatives will advise the City Council, Mayor’s Office, and all other City agencies on matters affecting our community.
VNC Board terms are two years, and the following seats are up for election:
• Vice President
• Communications Officer
• Community Outreach Officer
• Land Use and Planning Committee Chair
• At-Large Community Officer (13 seats)
• Community Interest Community Officer
WHO CAN VOTE?
VNC Stakeholders who are 16 years or older on the day of the election (June 8, 2021) are eligible to vote in this year’s elections. A “Stakeholder” is anyone who lives, works, or owns real property within the VNC’s boundaries, and you do not have to be a citizen of the United States.
Each Stakeholder who lives, works, or owns real property within the boundaries of the Venice Neighborhood Council shall be entitled to cast votes as follows:
• One (1) Vote for President
• One (1) Vote for Vice President
• One (1) Vote for Secretary
• One (1) Vote for Treasurer
• One (1) Vote for Communications Officer
• One (1) Vote for Community Outreach Officer
• One (1) Vote for Land Use and Planning Committee Chair
• One (1) vote for only one (1) Community Officer. This may either be a Community interest Community Officer OR an At-Large Community Officer.
Each Community Interest Voting Member shall be entitled to cast one (1) vote for a community interest Community Officer candidate.
HOW CAN I VOTE?
Your first step is to APPLY to receive a ballot.
How to apply to receive a ballot:
After the application is received, the Los Angeles City Clerk will verify your stakeholder eligibility and mail you the appropriate ballot beginning on Monday, May 10th. You may begin voting as soon as you receive your ballot, but it must be either mailed (postmarked by June 8th) or placed in the Ballot Dropbox (by 8pm on June 8th.)
The VNC Voter Guide will be distributed the week of May 3-7. It will feature Candidate Pictures and Statements. A downloadable version can be found HERE.
Voting information for the Unhoused can be found HERE.
Important Dates and Deadlines:
-At Large and Community Interest Community Officers Candidate Forums – May 12th and 13th
-Executive Officers Candidate Forum – May 19th
-Last day to apply for a Vote-By-Mail Ballot – June 1st
-Dropbox Open – Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library at 501 E. Venice Blvd:
June 4th through June 8th
-Mailed Ballots Must Be Postmarked by – Tuesday June 8th
For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Los Angeles City Clerk at:
Additional information is also available on the Los Angeles City Clerk - Elections Website.