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Poll Workers, What Was Your Experience With LA’s New Voting System?




A voter checks in before entering a voting booth during early voting for the California presidential primary election at a new L.A. County ‘Mobile Vote Center’ in Grand Park on February 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
A voter checks in before entering a voting booth during early voting for the California presidential primary election at a new L.A. County ‘Mobile Vote Center’ in Grand Park on February 27, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Many Los Angeles voters reported issues at the County’s new vote centers on Super Tuesday, with long lines, jammed machines and check-in problems being cited as common problems. 

Yesterday was LA’s first election with the new Vote Centers, centralized voting locations that replaced neighborhood polling precincts, thanks to the 2016 Voter’s Choice Act. 

Some voters said they enjoyed the new touch-pad ballot machines, as well as the convenience of being able to vote at any Vote Center in the County. But with wait times as long as two and a half hours at some locations, there was also plenty of grumbling and berating of the new system. 

One choke point seemed to be with e-poll books, the iPads used to sign in and register voters, especially at USC and UCLA, where lots of students were going through the registration process. 

If you were a poll worker yesterday, we want to hear from you. What were some of the issues that you saw yesterday? If you’ve volunteered during previous elections, what differences did you observe? Were there advantages to the new system? Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University; member of the KPCC Board of Trustees