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CAT Launches Civic Engagement Program to Residents

Municipal Engagement Opportunity Workshops Seek to Increase Civic Participation

The year 2020 is bringing significant changes to the City of Carson and its local democracy. Carsonians will change how and where they vote. The City will likely shift to by-district elections. And voters will get the opportunity to vote for Mayor and elect a new County Supervisor.

All while the City will likely surpass 100,000 residents in the U.S. Census count this year, which is tied to the amount of federal funding our City will receive annually for the next 10 years.

The City also continues to face chronic budgetary deficits and difficulties with basic transparency in its dealings.

Carson Accountability and Transparency would like to face these changes head-on, and be the central resource for residents to make their voices heard and be change agents for our community.

The Municipal Engagement Opportunity Workshops will seek to organize and convene the community on a regular basis to educate, inform and activate Carson residents on these issues.

In addition CAT will be hosting webinars and providing vital information in The Carson Observer.

A timeline of important dates regarding elections, the U.S. Census and the city budget has been provided here.

Be on the lookout for workshop announcements in The Observer, on our social media pages, and on our website. The first workshop is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Carson Community Center. Register at

CAT has several more workshops planned for the year for residents and other parties interested on how to remain civically active in the City of Carson. Other topics will cover the changes to the election system in the County of Los Angeles, how to register and how to read your ballot, how to vote in the new by-district city elections, and how to draft your own city budget.

If you have any suggestions for workshops you would like to see CAT address, please send them to We look forward to hearing from you and we’ll see you Feb. 8.


Critical Dates for 2020

  • Deadline to register or re-register for the primary election is Feb. 18, 2020

  • Voting at vote centers for the 2020 Primary Election begins Feb. 22, 2020

  • The presidential primary election is March 3, 2020

  • Census Day 2020 is April 1, 2020

  • The budget is supposed to be finalized every year by June 30

  • Deadline to register or re-register for the general election is Oct. 20, 2020

  • Voting at vote centers for the 2020 General Election begins Oct. 24, 2020

  • The general election is Nov. 3, 2020


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