It’s Super Tuesday in California, which means that millions of voters from around the state will cast their ballots in the presidential primary and in a host of local elections.
In L.A. County, voters can expect a different experience at the polls this year. For one thing, their polling place may no longer exist; the county has shifted from a large swathe of neighborhood polls to a smaller pool of regional voting centers. The switch allows Angelenos to attend a polling place of their choice, rather than one assigned to them. However, it also means that Los Angeles’ 4,500 polling places have been reduced to 976. Centers opened as early as eleven days ago to voters, who have encountered new voting machines with touch screens and 13 different language options. Although the changes promise a new streamlined approach, voters have reported technical difficulties-- a concern given that voter confidence is still middling after changes to Democratic voting in the Iowa caucuses went horribly wrong last month.
Today, KPCC reporters will bring the latest from voting centers around the city. What was your experience like with the changes this year? Did you encounter issues at your voting center, or were you happy with the process? Join the conversation.
Sharon McNary, correspondent at KPCC
Caroline Champlin, reporter at KPCC
Dean Logan, Los Angeles County Registrar
Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters for Orange County, California