Los Angeles Community Colleges host voting centers for 2020 election

By Raymond Nava

East Los Angeles College as well as all other Los Angeles Community College District colleges will be used as voting centers for the 2020 election. LACCD announced that ELAC would serve as a vote center just as it did for the March primaries. New safety protocols will be put in place at the vote center in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voters in the Los Angeles County area will be able to vote at any of the 700 plus vote centers in the county, as long as they live in Los Angeles County, just like in the March primaries. COVID-19 has created new guidelines for voting centers. Social distancing of six feet will be implemented as well as requiring both workers and voters to wear face masks when entering the vote center, as standard precaution.
The Los Angeles County Clerk’s website also notes that extra precautions will be taken, such as workers wearing gloves and vote marking machines being sanitized and wiped down after every voter uses it. Masks and gloves will also be available if needed.
Nghi Nghiem, head of the IT department, says that the center’s staff will be managed by the LA County Clerk’s office. Voters do not need to show any form of identification in order to vote. There will be free temporary parking for voters and signs on campus to direct them to the vote center. Nghiem said voting centers will be located in S2-121 and parking will be available on the first floor of Parking Structure 4. The only entrance will be the Collegian Avenue entrance. Voters must use the voting center’s entrance.
Anyone who enters through the college’s COVID-19 screening checkpoints for on campus activities will be turned away.
LACCD colleges will serve as an official location for vote-by-mail drop boxes. Vote-by-mail drop boxes will be accessible 24/7. ELAC’s drop box will be located on Avenida Cesar Chavez near the college bus stop.
The drop box will be clearly marked and voters should only drop off their vote-by-mail ballot in this box. All vote-by-mail ballots will be counted if they are received up to 17 days after election day.
The last day to register to vote was on Oct.19, but anyone who missed the deadline can still register. The California Secretary of State website says that anyone who missed the deadline can go to their polling place, vote center or county elections office to register and vote.
Their ballot will be processed, once the verification process has been completed. Anyone who had previously pre-registered to vote will automatically be registered once they turn 18.
Voting centers will be available starting on Oct. 24 to Nov. 2 for early voting. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vote centers will open on election day, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nghiem said voting centers will be located in S2-121 and parking will be available on the first floor of Parking Structure 4. The only entrance will be the Collegian Avenue entrance. Voters must use the voting center’s entrance. Anyone who enters through the college’s COVID-19 screening checkpoints for on campus activities will be turned away.
LACCD colleges will serve as an official location for vote-by-mail drop boxes. Vote-by-mail drop boxes will be accessible 24/7. ELAC’s drop box will be located on Avenida Cesar Chavez near the college bus stop. The drop box will be clearly marked and voters should only drop off their vote-by-mail ballot in this box. All vote-by-mail ballots will be counted if they are received up to 17 days after election day.
The last day to register to vote was on Oct.19, but anyone who missed the deadline can still register. The California Secretary of State website says that anyone who missed the deadline can go to their polling place, vote center or county elections office to register and vote.
Their ballot will be processed, once the verification process has been completed. Anyone who had previously pre-registered to vote will automatically be registered once they turn 18.
Voting centers will be available starting on Oct. 24 to Nov. 2 for early voting. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vote centers will open on election day, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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