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File #: 2020-165    Version: Name:
Type: Discussion Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/11/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/17/2020 Final action:
Title: DISCUSS CONCERNS BROUGHT UP BY VOTERS DURING THE MARCH 3, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION (CITY COUNCIL)
Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Discussion


SUBJECT:
Title
DISCUSS CONCERNS BROUGHT UP BY VOTERS DURING THE MARCH 3, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION (CITY COUNCIL)

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I. SUMMARY

This staff report is on the agenda at the request of Council member Davis-Holmes.
On March 3, 2020, the County of Los Angeles Registrar Recorder conducted its Statewide Primary election. During the election process the general public expressed concerns related to potential voter disenfranchisement, election equipment malfunctions, long wait times, lack of accommodations for seniors, etc. This item is on the agenda to discuss and identify opportunities and solutions on how the City of Carson may partner with the Registrar Recorder for an improved voting experience in upcoming elections.


II. RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation

Direct City Manager to draft a letter to the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder documenting the concerns of the general public and City Council; offering the City's partnership in an effort of improving voters experience in the electoral process.


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III. ALTERNATIVES

Provide direction as City Council deems appropriate.


IV. BACKGROUND

The County of Los Angeles implemented it's Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) initiative during the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary election. In addition to other changes, this was the first time the county offered county-wide voting. Key components to the new voter experience were extended voting periods, deployment of vote centers throughout Los Angeles County, electronic poll books (ePollbooks), interactive sample ballots, and new vote-by-mail ballots.
Vote Centers and Extended Voting Period
Approximately 1,000 Vote Centers were opened at public buildings, workplaces, places of worship, and shopping centers throughout Los Angeles County to allow voters to cast ballots near their home, work, school, and other locations that were most convenient for them. Voters were also able to r...

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