Voting centers

HAVING THEIR SAY — Voters in west Palmdale fill out their ballots for the November election at Gregg Anderson Academy, joining millions across the country in the midterm elections.

PALMDALE — When Los Angeles County voters go to the polls in March 2020, they will visit Vote Cen­ters, rather than neigh­borhood precincts, and have an 11-day period in which to cast their bal­lots.

The Los Angeles County Reg­istrar-Recorder/Coun­ty Clerk’s office is preparing to implement the new voting model, which will allow voters to cast their ballots at any Vote Center sites in Los Angeles County, re­gard­less of where they live, over an 11-day period.

Area residents are in­vi­ted Saturday to provide their input as to where these new voting centers should be placed in the An­tel­ope Valley to make vo­ting more convenient and ac­cessible.

The meeting takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at Leg­acy Commons for Act­ive Sen­iors, 930 East Ave. Q-9 in Palmdale. This meeting will focus on Palmdale and Lan­caster, as well as the unincorporated areas of the An­geles National For­­est, east Lancaster, Hi Vista, Lake Los Angeles, Lit­­tle­­­rock, Juniper Hills, Llano, Pearblossom, Roo­se­velt, the south­east An­tel­ope Valley, south Ed­wards and Sun Village.

The Vote Center model is being implemented to com­­ply with the 2016 Cal­­ifornia Voter’s Choice Act.

At these centers, voters will be able to vote in person with an accessible voting machine, register and vote on the same day, drop off vote by mail ballots and get help and voting mat­erials in multiple lan­guages.

The centers will be open for at least eight hours per day for 10 days before the election, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

In addition to pro­vi­ding great­er op­por­tunities to vote in per­son, the new model will provide more than 150 vote-by-mail drop off points countywide. These drop off locations will be open at least during reg­u­lar business hours start­ing at least 28 days prior to the election.

Among the con­sid­er­a­tions for placing Vote Cen­ters and dropoff locations are accessibility for vo­ters with disabilities, prox­im­ity to population cen­ters, low-income and lan­guage-mi­nor­ity com­mu­nities, access to pub­lic trans­por­tation, and ac­cess­ible and free park­ing.

Among the types of places to be considered for Vote Centers and dropoff locations are schools, li­brar­ies, city halls, places of worship, transit centers, com­mu­nity centers, arts and cultural spaces, shop­ping centers, public plazas and special events such as sport­ing events, farmers mar­kets and cultural events.

The Vote Center Place­ment Project is part of the overall Voting So­lu­tions for All People pro­gram, Los Angeles Coun­ty’s program to modernize and improve its election system.

In addition to the cen­ters, the pro­gram in­volves new electronic vo­ting sys­­tems and various steps to make vo­ting more con­ven­ient and ac­cessible.

For details on the Vote Center Placement Project and the broader Voting Solutions for All People, visit vasp.lavote.net.

The website also has sec­­tions to provide input on the Vote Center Place­ment Proj­ect, in addition to at­tend­ing community meet­­ings.

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