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Election 2014: What makes a polling place in LA? (And find yours here)

Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
The 110,000-square-foot Election Operations Center in Santa Fe Springs opened in 2007. Los Angeles County brings in seasonal workers to prepare for each election.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Linda Alexander places white boxes into precinct supply tubs in preparation for the upcoming November 4 election. Poll workers will place unvoted ballots, including unused and voided ballots, into these boxes at the end of election night.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Rosa Zapata loads red boxes into supply tubs on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at the Elections Operations Center. On election day, voters feed ballots into machines that place them into these red boxes for counting.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Paper American flags go into each precinct supply tub. The tubs are placed onto trucks and taken to one of 74 different regional pickup locations.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Robert Peters transfers provisional supply kits from storage containers to supply tubs at the Elections Operations Center in Santa Fe Springs. Seasonal workers began preparing for Election Day in early October.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Joana Briones places "Vote here" signs into supply tubs on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Los Angeles County's Elections Operations Center in Santa Fe Springs. The tubs will be distributed to thousands of voting precincts in L.A. County for the Election Day.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Every polling place in Los Angeles County receives a cell phone for curbside voting.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Ballot machines are loaded onto a truck in preparation for Election Day on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Los Angeles County's Elections Operations Center in Santa Fe Springs.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Elias Guillen secures ballot machines inside a rented truck. The machines will be transported to one of 74 different regional pickup locations for poll workers.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
Los Angeles County rented more than 300 trucks for Election Day. The trucks will be used to transport polling materials regional pickup locations and to bring back materials after election day.
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Lawrence Henderson places one American flag in each precinct supply tub. Los Angeles County provides polling places with everything from door stops, pen grips to magnifying glasses.
More than 300 rented trucks sit in a lot in preparation for Election Day.
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This Election Day, L.A. County will assemble 4,684 polling precincts — each staffed by poll workers and supplied with thousands of ballots, phones, voting machines, flags, door stops, extension cords, pens, magnifying glasses and all manner of other equipment, and all of it trucked or shipped in and set up in a matter of hours. 

How's it done? We went to L.A. County's Elections Operations Center, to find out. The 110,000 square-foot warehouse in Santa Fe Springs is filled with supplies and armed with logistical equipment for the big day. 

Here's a breakdown of the Election Day feat by the numbers and in images. 

   
4,684 polling places in Los Angeles County
4,544,455 registered voters in L.A. County
22,207 poll workers hired
1,000 temporary employees hired by the operations center
306 trucks rented to transport polling materials 
4,684 cell phones distributed for curbside voting
4,684 fabric American flags distributed
74 regional centers distribute poll materials

A 150-by-15-foot mural by artist Rebeca Méndez hangs in the operations center, titled "Tree By Tree, From Sea to Mountains."

Ready to vote? Check out our 2014 General Election Voter Guide before you head to the polls, and find your polling place below.