City Offers Several Free Election Day Transportation Options
The upcoming General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and the City of West Hollywood is encouraging all eligible residents to vote. Lack of transportation should not be a barrier to voting. In order to make it as easy as possible for people to get to the polls, the City of West Hollywood is reminding community members that there are several free transportation options to polling places on Election Day.
“Whether you walk, bike, bus, or shuttle, make sure you use our free options to get to the polls,” said West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran. “On Election Day, we must all make our voices heard!”
The City of West Hollywood’s free shuttle service, Cityline, has stops near all polling locations throughout the City and runs every half hour between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A route map and schedule is available by visiting the Cityline page on the City’s website at www.weho.org/cityline.
For community members who are members of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Pedals bike share program or who have been thinking of trying it out, the WeHo Pedals program and all Bike Share Connect system participants will lift all ride-time restrictions and pay-as-you-go rates all day on Election Day, effectively making the system free for the day. All polling locations in West Hollywood will feature no-charge drop zones and users will not be assessed out-of-hub fees. The City encourages current bike share members and new users to “exercise your right to vote” and take advantage of a healthy free ride, as well. For community members who are not yet WeHo Pedals members, find out more and register by visiting the WeHo Pedals website at www.wehopedals.com.
West Hollywood Dial-A-Ride will provide free direct transportation on Election Day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents may request a ride by calling, toll-free, (800) 447-2189 at any time before 1 p.m. on Election Day to reserve a trip.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will offer free rides on Election Day on all Metro buses and trains. Metro bus lines that run through the City of West Hollywood, include 4/704, 10, 30/330, 105/705, 212/312, 217, and 218. More information is available at www.metro.net.
Community members are encouraged to check their voter registration status ahead of November 6, to prevent any surprises on Election Day or during the vote by mail window.
There are two ways to check voter registration online:
People with special circumstances, such as becoming a citizen between the deadline and the election, can register to vote up to Election Day, through the Registrar-Recorder’s office. For more information, please call (800) 815-2666.
The City’s elections page, www.weho.org/elections, provides detailed election information and links to the California Secretary of State’s Voter Registration page, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website, and links to find specific information about how to apply to vote by mail, polling places and sample ballots. Residents can also find their polling place by visiting www.lavote.net/locator.
The early voting location in Los Angeles County in closest proximity to West Hollywood is at West Los Angeles College, Fine Arts Room 103, which is located at 9000 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Early voting hours are Saturday, November 3, 2018, and Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Voters who encounter problems at the polls can seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931 or the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition at (866) OUR-VOTE.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder has also implemented a Vote by Mail (VBM) Drop-Off Location Program in order to provide voters with absentee ballots an easy, accessible, convenient, and secure option to drop off ballots on Election Day. The West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, is a VBM Drop-Off Location.
For more information, please call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.