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Early in-person voting begins Saturday for June primary election

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In-person voting for the primary election begins Saturday across Los Angeles, and more vote center locations will open on June 4 ahead of election day on June 7.

The primary ballot includes citywide races for mayor, controller, and city attorney, as well as City Council districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15.

The two front runners in the race for mayor are Rep. Karen Bass and billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso. Also on the ballot are Councilman Kevin de León, activist Gina Viola, real estate agent Mel Wilson, business executive Craig Greiwe, social justice advocate Alex Gruenenfelder Smith, lawyer Andrew Kim, and business owner John “Jsamuel” Jackson.

Councilman Joe Buscaino, City Attorney Mike Feuer, and entrepreneur Ramit Varma dropped out of the race after ballots were already sent by mail in May.

Controller candidates are Councilman Paul Koretz, certified public accountant and housing justice advocate Kenneth Mejia, self-described public school teacher J. Carolan O’Gabhann, self-described chief financial officer David Vahedi, CFO and Assistant Director of the Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Street Services Stephanie Clements and Reid Lidow, a former executive officer to Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Former candidate Rob Wilcox, who is communications director for City Attorney Mike Feuer, dropped out of the race earlier this month.

Candidates seeking to become city attorney are Deputy City Attorney Richard Kim; California Democratic Party Treasurer Teddy Kapur; civil rights attorney Faisal M. Gill, who previously served as policy director for the Department of Homeland Security; former radio host and former president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works Kevin James; federal prosecutor Marina Torres; financial law attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto; and Deputy City Attorney Sherri Onica Valle Cole.

The top two candidates in each race will continue to a runoff in November unless one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote during the primary. Elections for City Council districts 1, 3, 7, and 9 include only two candidates and will be decided in June.

People who registered to vote before Monday and were automatically sent vote-by-mail ballots can return their ballots by mail by June 7, drop them off at a Los Angeles County vote center, or in an official vote-by-mail drop box location, which can be found at locator.lavote.gov/locations/vbm.

People who missed the registration deadline can still register at any L.A. County vote center starting Saturday and through June 7. Once registered, voters will be given a Conditional Voter Registration ballot to vote. The ballot will be counted once it is verified. More information about the Conditional Voter Registration process is available at bit.ly/3lsQ9D2.

The June 7 election also includes the elections for U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, treasurer, attorney general, insurance commissioner, member of the state board of equalization, state superintendent of public instruction, U.S. representative in Congress, state senator and state assembly member, as well as other local candidates.

A map of vote center locations can be found at bit.ly/3z7mfw7.

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