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Mail-In Voting Rules Explained, How to Budget Your Money During Coronavirus, TBT: Charlotta Bass Redux

Published August 20, 2020 at 3:18 PM PDT
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A voter prepares her ballot in a voting booth during early voting for the California presidential primary election at a new L.A. County "Mobile Vote Center" outside Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday. Large numbers of Californians vote early and by mail, which can slow election night vote counting.

Elections: Mail-in Ballots Explained 

Mail-in ballots are the topic du jour as we head into an election during a global pandemic, but there are a few things to know about this, especially if you are not used to the process. When will they be mailed out? What can you do if you don't want to rely on the post office? If you must vote in-person, do you have to surrender your mail-in ballot? All these questions and more will be answered.


  • Libby Denkmann, KPCC's Political Reporter 

Mail Pileups

Staying with the mail...tomorrow, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies before the U.S. Senate about the postal service slowdowns affecting the whole country. Then he goes before lawmakers in the House on Monday. But right here in L.A., we're getting a picture of that slowdown and what's happening with postal equipment around the region.


  • David Goldstein, KCBS TV Investigative Reporter

Unemployment Questions

More than five months into the pandemic, millions of Californians are still out of work and still relying on unemployment benefits to get by. But as time goes on, the state's unemployment system isn't getting any easier to navigate. Since March, you've sent us hundreds of questions about how to collect benefits.


  • David Wagner, KPCC Business and Economy Reporter 

Coronavirus Financial Advice 

Now across the state, 213,500 workers filed for unemployment for the first time during the first week of August … that’s according to the U.S. Labor Department. Meanwhile, our monthly bills just keep pouring in. So we wanted to get advice for those still facing difficult financial times.


  • Delia Fernandez, financial planner with Fernandez Financial Advisory in Los Alamitos

TBT: Charlotta Bass Redux

Last night, Kamala Harris officially accepted the vice presidential nomination at the democratic national convention. Before doing so, she reflected on her mother...Harris's nomination to the vice presidency is history making, but she's not the first Black woman to receive the nomination. In 1952, Charlotta Bass, an African-American woman was nominated for the vice presidency on top of that she also ran a newspaper, fought for civil rights, and stared down the Klan. For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're revisiting Bass's story.

Masked (and Unmasked) Los Angeles 

You know....if you find yourself in an area with lots of people these days, you are suposed to be wearing a mask. It's a state slow the spread of the coronavirus. The thing is though... we all know ...a lot of people are NOT wearing them out there in Southern California. And the Los Angeles Times ran a little research experiment to back that up.Data Scientist Casey Miller and a few of her colleagues hung out in some highly trafficked areas in in LA and the OC and actually COUNTED who was wearing a mask and who wasn't ....and who was just wearing them incorrectly.


  • Casey Miller, L.A. Times Data Scientist
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