Santa Monica residents who are eligible to vote have until Monday, May 10 to register for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s special parcel tax election.

This election is being conducted as a Vote-by-Mail election. Mail-in ballots must be received by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk by May 25.

Voters are being asked whether or not they would like to tax themselves to the tune of $198 per parcel to fund local public schools (seniors are exempt).

Supporters of the measure, which would generate $5.8 million annually for five years, will help close a projected $14 million budget deficit and protect vital programs while maintaining smaller class sizes.

Opponents argue the district is mismanaged and should make the necessary cuts to balance its budget. They also criticized the parcel tax because it taxes large parcels such as Santa Monica Place and the Water Garden the same amount as a single-family home.

Individuals who wish to register must at least be 18 years of age by election day, a U.S. Citizen and resident of Los Angeles County, and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony.

If the voter has recently moved, made a legal name change, or wishes to change political party affiliation, the voter must re-register to vote. Individuals must reside within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to vote on May 25.

Visit www.lavote.net to access an online voter registration form. Voter registration forms are also available by calling the Voter Registration Request Line at (800) 481-VOTE (8883) or at over 1,240 locations across the county — including the Department of Motor Vehicles offices, libraries, fire stations, post offices, public assistance offices (DPSS, WIC), and City Clerks offices.

Residents who are not sure if they are registered to vote should visit www.lavote.net to verify voter registration status online, or call the county clerk at (562) 466-1310 or (562) 466-1323.

Further details about these services and other election information can be found on the county clerk’s website at www.lavote.net.

Daily Press

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