In less than a year, voters in Los Angeles County will be preparing for the next Presidential Primary election. One notable difference that voters will experience is the introduction of vote centers. Los Angeles County will transition from a polling place model to vote center model that will provide greater convenience and accessibility to the voters of LA County.
In the last few months, our Department has been working to identify suitable locations for these vote centers by gathering community input. In November 2018, our office kicked off the first round of community engagement meetings to engage the public on this process. Within a three-month period, our office worked collaboratively with 18 community-based organizations to facilitate 33 community meetings all over the County. In these meetings attendees learned about the new 2020 voting experience and were asked to suggest potential locations for vote centers.
The meetings featured a presentation, multiple information stations and a question and answer session. Community members were also asked to share the information with their neighbors, friends, family and peers.
Nearly 1,000 individuals attended the vote center meetings and of those attendees 265 provided suggestions for a potential vote center. If a member of the public missed the in-person meetings they were still able to suggest potential sites through our online vote center portal. To date, our office has received 1,407 location suggestions through the portal. Although the online portal is no longer open, our Department is still accepting location suggestions via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the next two months, our office will analyze all the data that has been received via the meetings and portal. In April 2019, we will kick off our second round of community meetings. This round of meetings will focus on the list of potential vote centers within that community. We will still offer a thorough overview of the future voting experience and vote center model for those attendees who did not attend the first round of meetings. If you are a community-based organization who would like to facilitate a meeting please apply here. Follow us on social media @lacountyrrcc to stay updated on future community meetings and any new updates on the 2020 election.