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Important Information About Voting - Next Election is March 3, 2020Posted on 01/10/20
UPDATED POST 2-7-20
Voting in Los Angeles County has changed, and the place you vote may have changed, too! LA County’s new Vote Center program takes effect starting with the Primary elections this spring.
Here’s an overview of what’s different, and what to expect:
- Within the City of Los Angeles, there are fewer Vote Centers than there were traditional polling places. Many former polling places are closed now, so it’s really important to look up where you’ll vote now and in the future at: http://Locator.LAvote.net
- While the total number of places to vote is smaller, the number of possible places where you can vote is much greater, because now you can vote at *any* Vote Center in LA County. So if it’s easier to vote during lunch while you’re at work – do it! No need to commute home first, just to cast your ballot. All you need to do is look up what Vote Center is closest to the places where you actually spend your daytime hours.
- You’ll have a lot more time to cast your ballot than before. Instead of having just one day to vote, now you’ll have up to 11 days! Please note, though, that while most Vote Centers are open for 11 days, some are only open for 4 days. So when you look up which Vote Center is convenient to your home, workplace, or school, make sure to check the dates it’s open, too.
- The official Election Day, March 3rd, is actually the *LAST* day that any voting center is open, and not the first. Four-day centers open Saturday February 29. Eleven-day centers open Saturday February 22nd. So if you aren’t sure how long your local Vote Center is open, aim to visit it on or between Feb 29 – March 3. Note that all centers – even the four-day ones – are open at least one weekend, so that you no longer have to struggle to get to the polls on a school night.
- Items on your ballot will appear in a different order than before. Local candidates and issues will appear on your ballot first; national candidates – such as Presidential candidates – are at the end.
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In 2020, Los Angeles County will transition from polling places to vote centers. This new model will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the County over an 11-day period. The Vote Center Placement Project's (VCPP) core mission is to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout Los Angeles County. You can test this new vote center model.
The March 3 election is right around the corner -- and voting is going to be very different from what you’re used to. The city does not determine these rules or manage our elections.
The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, which runs our elections, is instituting new voting machines, and new voting locations
THE NEW VOTING SYSTEM
The LA County Registrar has done away with voting on a single day in a neighborhood polling place with a paper ballot. Under the new system, you can vote over an 11-day period on touch screens at regional voting centers (see where the voting centers will be located here
). While the new system is supposed to make voting faster, easier and more convenient, some people will no doubt find it unfamiliar or confusing.
And there is a website with further details here: https://lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voting-options/new-voting-experience/
The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has also prepared a video demonstration that you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3GE9lvkmFE&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Council+District+11+-+General+Distribution&utm_campaign=7e82571106-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_28_06_17_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dea713bde0-7e82571106-32894737