City Clerk / Department of Records and Election Services
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965!
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a milestone in national legislation that prohibits discriminatory voting practices from disenfranchising African Americans. The act makes it illegal to require eligible voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote. Within the same year the act was passed, the many key events took place throughout the Civil Rights Movement: Malcolm X was assassinated, the Selma to Montgomery marches occurred, the Watts riots in Los Angeles occurred, and President Johnson issued Executive Order 11246 to enforce Affirmative Action for the first time. Since its initial passage, the act has expanded its reach with amendments that assist language minorities in the voting process by providing language-specific election materials to jurisdictions with large numbers of language minorities. Read more here.
Celebrate the Voting Rights Act by registering to vote, checking and updating voter your registration status, and requesting election material in your language from the LA County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk at www.lavote.net before Santa Monica’s next General Municipal Election on November 8, 2016!