Super Tuesday is finally here!
There are almost 20 million eligible voters in California, and according to Cal Matters, a political newsletter based in Sacramento, Paul Mitchell of Political Data, Inc. estimates that 10 million total ballots will be cast today across the state. (As many as 4 million ballots were mailed in to local county registrars’ offices as of Monday, and another 4 million voters expected at polling places today.) So if you have waited to vote until election day, it may be crowded at your local Vote Center.
As we have reported, voting is different this year, so there might be delays as everyone tries to figure out the new voting procedures. On Monday, we stopped by the Vote Center at the Pan Pacific Park Senior Center, which has been open for voting since February 22…and yes, there was a line of voters waiting to vote.
To save time, Vote Center poll worker Robyn Kofsky highly recommended using the County Registrar’s interactive sample ballot to mark your selections and generate a poll pass (like the one shown below), with a scannable QR code that can be read by the ballot marking devices or electronic voting machines.
It just takes a moment for the device to to read your code and upload your choices to the machine. Once uploaded, your selections are printed to a paper ballot that you can review and then turn in to cast your votes. The entire process takes just a few minutes and is much, much faster than making your selections on the touch screens at the polls (especially if you find making your selections on your home computer or smart phone more convenient).
Another quick way to vote is by turning in your vote-by-mail ballot. If you are still holding on to it, you can turn it in at any Vote Center until 8 p.m. this evening, when the polls close.
There are many convenient ways to vote in the Presidential Primary…so please do vote! And if you’re still not sure where to vote, click here to enter your address and find the closest Vote Center (or any other Vote Center in LA County that might be convenient for you today.) Visit LaVote.net for more information.