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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