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Primary Voting Is Different This Year: More Locations, More Time, New Machines

Screen capture of the New Voting Experience video on LAvote.net.

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Alhambra , CA

Voting procedures for California’s March 3 primary election will be different this year.  Election day will be replaced by period voting, specifically 11 days including March 3.  In Los Angeles County, the designated polling locations will be replaced by unassigned Voting Centers. Ballot marking devices have been upgraded and, according to the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, they are customizable, accessible and secure.

Vote centers from polling places

On past election days, voters in L.A. County would be required to vote at a polling place assigned to them based on their address from which they registered to vote.

For example, if you were registered to vote from an address around the intersections of Commonwealth Avenue and Fremont Avenue in Alhambra, your polling place was probably the youth center at Emery Park. If you worked in another city on election day or moved without changing your voter registration, your option would have been to go back to Emery Park to vote.

This year, you can vote anywhere in Los Angeles County. Voting centers will look and feel familiar, but you’re not obligated to go to one location.

Vote Centers are public schools, city buildings, colleges, family service centers, places of worship – any place a person might trust with their families, information or wellbeing might be a Vote Center. Cal State LA, for instance, will have a voting center.

As of Saturday, Feb. 15, there are 973 centers, including one on Catalina Island.

Find your options here.

Voting over multiple days

This presidential primary is March 3. However, the window for L.A. County residents to vote is from Saturday,  Feb. 22 to March 3. Go to any Vote Center within these 11 days.

There is a live poll book that updates in real time to prevents people from voting  at multiple times within this time block. You can update your registration information and Vote by Mail voters can cast regular ballots without the mailed ballots because they will be accounted for in the poll book.

Updates to ballot marking devices

These new machines have a digital interface that prints a paper ballot.

The voter can access 13 languages, change the text size, access audio and other accessibility features.

When finished voting, the ballot marking device will print your paper ballot to be deposited into a ballot  box.

For those concerned about security and integrity of the vote, L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk says the machines are not on a linked network, and not the internet.

This introductory video from the Registrar-Recorder’s office gives an overview of the new procedures:

There is much new information about voting. Over the next week,  the Alhambra Source will post about Measure AL, the only local measure on the ballot, and more information on using the ballot marking devices.

You can still register to vote. Register by Feb. 16 or walk into a Vote Center.

For general information about the voting process visit the New Voting Experience page.

To request voting materials in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese or English, call (800) 481-8683.

For information about voting while incarcerated, LA Vote has fact sheets in English and Spanish.

 

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