City to Host LA County Voting Experience ‘Demonstration Center’ at Plummer Park’s Great Hall throughout October
As part of the City of West Hollywood’s continuous efforts to increase voter participation, the City is partnering with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to encourage community members to stop by Plummer Park in October to explore the new “voting experience” at a pop-up Demonstration Center. Participants will be among the first to see and interact with LA County’s new voting system, Voting Solutions for All People. In late September 2019, approximately 200 people attended a Mock Election event at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall to learn about the new voting system.
The Demonstration Center will be set-up throughout October at Plummer Park’s Great Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard and will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from Monday, October 7, 2019 to Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Saturdays from Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beginning with 2020 elections, traditional polling places will be replaced by 1,000 polling centers, which will allow Los Angeles County residents to vote at any one of the polling center locations over an 11-day voting period.
Los Angeles County will roll-out a custom-designed Voting Solutions for All People voting system, which combines the benefits of technology for an easy and accessible voting experience with the security a paper ballot. In the Demonstration Center participants will experience the new process by casting votes on non-political issues such as favorite songs, parks, or animals for an entirely non-partisan election.
The new voting system will feature a Ballot Marking Device, which makes it easier for voters to customize the voting experience to fit needs. Voters can access 13 languages, adjust the touchscreen to a comfortable angle, change the display settings such as text size and contrast, or go through the ballot using the audio headset and control pad. A paper ballot is required to use the Ballot Marking Device. Security remains a top priority for LA County, so devices are not connected to a network or to the internet. Easy-to-follow instructions can guide any voter through the voting process without the need for assistance. Staff members from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office will be on-hand to answer questions at the Demonstration Center.
Voter registration forms may be obtained at West Hollywood City Hall during regular hours and at the Demonstration Center. The City’s elections page, www.weho.org/elections, provides detailed election information and links to the California Secretary of State’s Voter Registration page, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website, and links to find specific information about how to apply to vote by mail, a polling place locator, and sample ballots.For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s Office at (323) 848-6409, visit the City’s Elections page at www.weho.org/elections, or call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.