During the past few months, Alice Atkins, Monorvia’s certified municipal city clerk, has been working to keep tabs on a significant change to the way that the City coordinates elections. Beginning in 2020, Los Angeles County will be implementing vote centers to replace traditional polling places. Rather than coordinate elections in such a way where everyone votes at a polling center on Election Day, vote centers will allow individuals the ability to submit their ballot at any center in LA County. In addition, the vote centers will be open up to 11 days in advance of the last day to vote.
Given this change, beginning in 2020, Monrovia will likely have around two vote centers, as opposed to the five election polling places typically coordinated during elections. In addition, LA County has been working to simultaneously implement new voting equipment, which will include a combination of electronic voting mechanisms and a paper ballot. This new voting technology includes the option to download a sample ballot to a smartphone, vote, and create a QR code that can be scanned at the vote center to speed up the voting process.
During the next year, the city will continue to share information with the public about the vote center transition as LA County makes more information available.