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Updated Oct. 22, 2018 5:00 p.m.

Our political reporter, Mary Plummer, is answering all of your questions about voting from now until Election Day. Want to know where your nearest polling place is? Confused about the rules around voting by mail? Need help figuring out what everything on the ballot means? Ask Mary .

Below are frequently asked questions. Check back often as we’ll be updating this page frequently.

Click a category to show frequently asked questions and their answers.


Mary started this project — which we dubbed the Human Voter Guide — with the hopes of helping people navigate elections and voting in Southern California. No question is too small or too complicated for her. Mary Plummer, KPCC/LAist political reporter

Since starting in May 2016, Mary has helped thousands of voters clear their personal election hurdles by demystifying how to register to vote, explaining the vote-by-mail process and deciphering the complexities of voting while out of state.

The project is edited by Senior Editor Sandra Oshiro. Read the archive or learn more about the project’s evolution in this Medium post. You can also hear Mary answer questions on KPCC’s radio show Take Two.

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