PALMDALE — Community members are invited to learn about changes in the way elections will be conducted in Los Angeles County beginning next year at two upcoming meetings.
The meetings are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Jackie Robinson Park, 8773 East Ave. R,
The nonprofit organization Black Women for Wellness organized Friday’s meeting. The focus areas are the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and the unincorporated communities of Acton, Agua Dulce, Anaverde, Bouquet Canyon, Del Sur, Desert View Highlands, Elizabeth Lake, Leona Valley, North Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill and White Fence Farms.
The Lake Los Angeles Park Association organized the June 22 meeting. The focus areas are the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and the unincorporated communities of Angeles National Forest, East Lancaster, Hi Vista, Lake Los Angeles, Littlerock/Juniper Hills, Llano, Pearblossom, Roosevelt, Southeast Antelope Valley, South Edwards and Sun Village.
The organizations are helping the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder to spread the word about the election changes. The changes are in compliance with the 2016 California Voter’s Choice Act.
The new system is projected to be in place for the March 2020 California Presidential Primary election.
Rather than voting on Election Day at the precinct to which their neighborhood is assigned, citizens will be able to vote at any one of 1,000 L.A. County “vote centers,” which will be open up to 10 days before
The InkaVote voting system, which has been used in Los Angeles County since 2003, will be replaced by new electronic voting machines designed by Los Angeles County. The new system will be publicly owned and operated by the county.
The locations of the 1,000 vote centers countywide have not been finalized yet.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office is monitoring the process to make sure there are numerous centers around the Antelope Valley, including in unincorporated communities. Dozens of locations around the Antelope Valley are on the list of possibilities.
Registered voters will continue to be able to vote by mail.
County officials say the new system will make it easier for voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency, to cast ballots.