Everything you need to know about California’s 2020 primary election


The California primary election is March 3. Here’s what you need to know.

Vote centers have replaced neighborhood polling places, and the old paper-and-ink system has changed too. In the presidential race, candidates will be awarded delegates based on district-level contests and statewide results. It’s complicated. The candidate field has winnowed. In Los Angeles County and other local races, voters will decide on the district attorney, Proposition 13, L.A. City Council, the LAUSD board and more. The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board has endorsements in many of the races on the ballot. Read on for more.

Voting is changing in Los Angeles County. Here’s what you need to know and how to find a vote center
Nearly 1,000 new vote centers have dreplace the precinct polling places used in past L.A. County elections. Angelenos will no longer be confined to voting in their neighborhoods. These centers will also be open for days before the election. Find one that’s convenient to you.


Need a ride to the polls? L.A. Metro offering free fares on election day.


California decides: A five-part series looking at California’s diverse electorate
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The San Joaquin Valley remains an upbeat bastion for Trump, even as Democrats dominate the state government and make preparations for the March 3 primary election.
Even in the left-wing heart of California, the Democratic Party electorate is far from monolithic heading into the March 3 presidential primary on Super Tuesday.
To come out on top in California’s primary, Democratic contenders must appeal to a patchwork of ethnic constituencies, among them the large Iranian American population that spans San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

How Democratic delegates are chosen in California
Where the candidates stand on key issues

Hometown: America as seen from the candidates’ front doors
The rich, brainy city of Cambridge, Mass., reflects Elizabeth Warren’s have-a-plan approach as well as inequality issues at the center of her campaign.
After decades of malaise, South Bend went through big changes during Pete Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor. But there is fear that the gains have been uneven and that its fragile progress could slip away.
Joe Biden’s hometown of Wilmington is known for its small size and relationship-based politics. But just as in national politics, backlash has been brewing against the status quo.

Stay up to date with the latest news on the presidential primary
Amid a pandemic that has drowned out every other topic, Joe Biden has struggled to attract and hold attention.
Four staffers for Michael Bloomberg’s aborted presidential bid sued his campaign Monday, charging they were fraudulently promised employment and healthcare through the 2020 election.
Unlike the cease-fire that followed 9/11, Democrats and Republicans attack amid the coronavirus crisis.
It’s down to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Meet the two remaining contenders fighting for the Democratic nomination and to face President Trump in 2020.
It may not be safe to go to the polls in November. There is still time for states to switch to a mail-in ballot nationwide, but not much, and some states continue to resist.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard leaves the Democratic presidential race. She endorses Joe Biden and praises Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Joe Biden hopes to effectively wrap up the Democratic primary contest against a flagging Bernie Sanders after wins in Arizona, Florida and Illinois.
Coronavirus confusion hit the Democratic primary election, and other takeaways from the contest between contenders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Los Angeles County and local races
The candidates running for L.A. County supervisor have pledged to ease homelessness, but many were in elected office as it became a crisis.
California’s largest school district has not taken an official position on a bond measure that would raise billions of dollars for schools. A clause on developer fees may be part of the reason.
City Council candidates Kevin de León and Mark Ridley-Thomas have declined to rule out running for mayor in 2022, drawing criticism from rivals.
Rivals for L.A. County supervisor, Herb Wesson, Holly Mitchell and Jan Perry, are fighting over the L.A. County Democratic Party’s endorsement of Wesson.

Behind the money in local races

There is only one statewide proposition on the ballot

Recommendations from the Los Angeles Times editorial board

Los Angeles Times editorial board endorsements for the U.S. House, California ballot measures and more.

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