Vote Centers Input Wanted

MALIBU—Input is needed from the community regarding the county of Los Angeles transitioning from traditional polling places in 2020, to Vote Centers, that will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the county over an 11-day period. The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (LARCC) is seeking input on where the county should consider placing Vote Centers for the 2020 election cycle.

According to the city of Malibu website, the Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) was created by the RR/CC in 2009 to address an aging voting system. Out of VSAP, the Vote Center Placement Project (VCPP) began with a core mission to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout Los Angeles County that will enhance voter engagement by offering better convenience, accessibility and time for voters to participate in elections.

The public is asked to participate in the mission by suggesting locations where they believe vote centers can and should be placed by entering suggested locations through the VCPP interactive map.

Factors that must be considered in identifying locations include geographic and demographic constraints that could present barriers to voting in particular locations or near sensitive populations. To ensure these considerations are accounted for, the following parameters have been established:

-Same day registration at all vote centers.

-10 days before the election (minimum 8 hours/day) at least one vote center is provided for every 30,000 registered voters.

-On Election Day and the three days prior (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), at least one vote center is provided for every 7,500 registered voters.

-Every city with at least 1,000 registered voters would have at least one vote center.

The public will have opportunities in the future to participate at community meetings that will be scheduled at various locations throughout the County.