Voter registration closes Monday for the May 17 special primary election to fill a congressional seat vacated earlier this year by former Rep. Jane Harman, a Venice Democrat.
Those who wish to vote by mail have until May 10 to request a ballot, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office.
Registration information and mail-in ballots are available through http://www.lavote.net or by calling (562) 466-1323.
Sixteen candidates are on the ballot in the 36th Congressional District, which runs south along the coast from Venice to San Pedro and includes inland communities in Torrance and Lomita.
If no candidate wins a majority this month, the top two finishers, regardless of political party, will meet in a July 12 runoff.
Also on the May 17 ballot are runoff elections for one seat each on the boards of the Los Angeles Community College District and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Information on voting in those elections is available through the L.A. City Clerk's Office, Elections Division, or by calling (213) 978-0444 or toll-free (888) 873-1000.