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L.A. TACO’s Trusty Guide To 2022 Election Voter Guides

Some of the most powerful positions in the city, county, and state are up for grabs on November 8th. From the city attorney, sheriff, and mayor, all the way up to the governor of California.

There are also a number of local and state-level “ballot initiatives,” which allow voters to propose laws and constitutional amendments without the support of a legislative body. Locally they’re referred to as “measures.” On a state level, they’re called “propositions.” By the way, join us that day on L.A. TACO as our crews will be providing live results as they happen on our first ever “Tacos and Votes” stream on both our Instagram Live and Youtube accounts. (Details to come)

To help you make informed decisions about the future of this city, we’ve compiled a list of voter guides and other local election resources to sift through.

We’ll continue to update this page through Election Day.

Helpful Things To Know

—You can vote by mail until November 8, 2022

—In person voting starts at 7 in the morning and ends at 8 in the evening on election day (Nov. 8).

—Every registered voter in California receives a vote by mail ballot.

—Someone can assist you in filling out your ballot if you need help (just not your employer or union representative).

—If you’re in line when the polls close, YOU CAN STILL VOTE!

Voter Guides & Resources

—Knock LA’s popular Progressive Voter Guide is back. They offer recommendations for many of the most contentious races in the county. But if you’re looking for recommendations for small cities you might want to look elsewhere. In addition to an English language guide, Knock’s Progressive Voter Guide is also available in Spanish.

—LAist has a helpful interactive online tool that will tell you what candidate you align closest with, in addition to in depth guides on most of the major city, county and state elections as well as ballot initiatives. Unsure if you should vote for Rick Caruso or Karen Bass? Just answer a series of questions on topics ranging from homelessness to transportation and they’ll tell you who you match with. LAist is also answer questions about the elections.

Alliance For a Better Community has an English and Spanish language voter guide geared specifically towards Latino/a voters, “the largest ethnic voting group in the state.” ABC’s guide focuses on state propositions and local county measures. These ballot initiatives could further legalize online gambling and establish a right to reproductive freedom on a state level. On a local level, voters could give the L.A. County Board of Supervisors the power to remove an elected L.A. County Sheriff if they have cause (*cough* Villanueava). ABC’s guide does not weigh in on local elections.

L.A. Times does a good job of breaking down what’s at stake and answering frequently asked questions about elections.

—Inner City Struggle, a Boyle Heights-based community non-profit, offers information on how to vote by mail or in person. They also have a voter guide that similarly focuses on state propositions and local LA County measures. Props to them for also throwing a lucha libre-themed carnival in their parking lot to activate 

Streets For All, a cycling and pedestrian-minded group of advocates, has another progressive-leaning election guide. Notably, they make no recommendation for mayor. Streets For All explains: “While both candidates answered our questionnaire and had some good things to say, neither seemed to show the boldness or courage of conviction needed for our city to truly change. Both candidates displayed a lack of vision for the future of transportation in Los Angeles, which is frightening considering the Mayor has a place on the Metro Board, as well as multiple appointments.”

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