2020 is an Election Year, as you may have heard, and if you live in Los Angeles County, there is a brand new voting system. Voting in Los Angeles County has completely changed for 2020 and we want you to know as much as possible before you head to the polls. Starting this year, LA County voters will use new voting machines and be able to vote in hundreds of new places.
In fact, Election Day isn’t even One Day anymore: you can vote on any of the 10 days leading up to Super Tuesday, March 3rd – and on March 3rd as well.
New Voting System in LA County
The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, which runs our elections, has information about the new machines and how to use them, as well as a list of all the new voting locations, on their website. This year you can vote at ANY location, not just the polling place you’re used to.
Be sure to check out their website LAVote.net to find everything from a list of all the polling places to a video demo of the new voting machines.
Where can I Vote in Los Angeles?
There’s a list of all the possible places to vote in Los Angeles on the County’s website, which are now called Vote Centers. The idea was to make it easier for people to vote by having Vote Centers located near homes, schools and jobs. There are hundreds of Vote Centers all around the County.
Some Vote Centers are open for the entire 10 days, and some are only going to be open the 4 days prior to March 3rd. There’s a handy zip code search function so you can find the polling place that is most convenient for you.
Why Has LA County Made This Change?
The new voting system is supposed to make voting faster, easier and more convenient. But as with anything that’s new, it will take some getting used to.
Can I still vote on Paper at a Polling Place (I mean Vote Center)?
No, the old style of paper ballot will not be used in LA County. The new touch-screen voting machines are the way we will now vote. They include multiple languages, font-size adjustment, a tactile keypad, optional headphones for hearing assistance, and once you’re done voting, a paper ballot print-out will be issued.
Can I still Vote by Mail in LA County?
Yes, you’ll still be able to Vote by Mail, even with the new voting system. Please check the LAVote.net website to find out how and when to request a mail-in ballot.
Voting in the Presidential Primary
If you are not a member of a political party (if you are registered as “no party preference” or “decline to state”), you will not see any presidential candidates on your ballot unless you take an extra step and request a different ballot for one of the parties that allows voting from unaffiliated voters. If you vote at the polls, you can request in person, but if you vote by mail, you need to fill out a postcard and mail it back in.
You can find out more info on How to Vote for President on the CA Secretary of State’s website.
No matter how or when you vote, you hope you take full advantage of the rights we have as part of this American democracy.