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.


What you need to know to vote


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

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


Meet the presidential candidates

The Democrats



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

Campaign 2020

Joel Greenberg faces charges in a sex-trafficking inquiry. His friend, Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, is being investigated.

The State Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife violated federal ethics rules.

Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland rescinded Friday restrictions on Justice Department’s use of consent decrees to force police departments to reform.

The leaders’ talks Friday focused on economic and security threats from China, as well as climate change and deterring nuclear-armed North Korea.

The memo allows Justice Department prosecutors to more easily use the tool, which mandates changes at some police departments and other agencies.

Biden signs emergency determination that leaves the annual cap of 15,000 refugees in place, but outrage from Democrats brings a White House reversal.

The Constitution leaves it to Congress to decide on how many justices will serve on the Supreme Court.

Republican leaders of Congress have been making the trip to Mar-a-Lago to see Donald Trump, with the notable exception of Mitch McConnell.

Republicans capped state and local tax deductions in 2017. California Democrats aren’t joining their East Coast colleagues in insisting on a fix now.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has arrived in Washington for talks with President Biden meant to show the strength of the two nations’ security alliance.

Biden was joined by Vice President Harris, herself an American of Asian descent, in the meeting Thursday at the White House with the members of Congress.

The legislation would add four seats to the Supreme Court in a bid designed to counter its rightward tilt during the Trump administration.


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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