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LA County residents can weigh in on where voting centers replacing polling places should be

Thousands of voters cast their ballots early at the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder's office in Norwalk.
Thousands of voters cast their ballots early at the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder's office in Norwalk.
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Los Angeles County voters can vote in a new way in 2020 when candidates for president and Congress will again be on the ballot.

Many local polling places will be replaced by voting centers throughout the county. But voters can cast their ballots at any one of the centers — and they will have 11 days to do it.

Some residents worry the changes could hurt voter turnout, but the registrar's office says it's all good news.

"In today’s world, people are busy with work, people are busy with school, people have places they need to be," said Mike Sanchez, spokesman for the county registrar.

Since November, the county has been holding meetings so the public can talk about where to best locate the voting centers. The first series of meetings run through mid-January and another round will be scheduled in March.

Residents can also weigh in online.