Residents Line Up as In-Person Voting Centers Open Across Southern California


LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Voters were lining up at more than 100 vote centers across Los Angeles County and one in Orange County on Oct. 24, as a concerted effort to encourage residents to cast their ballots early for the November presidential election intensified.

Oct. 24 was designated nationally as “Vote Early Day 2020” in a campaign promoted by a collection of businesses, nonprofit organizations, multimedia companies, and election administrators, including California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

The effort coincides with the opening of the vote centers, which will be available through election day on Nov. 3. Any registered voter in Los Angeles County can cast a ballot at any county vote center, regardless of location and the voter’s home address.

The vote center concept replaces the traditional precinct system, which requires voters to cast ballots at designated locations on election day. Election officials hope the availability of vote centers will encourage people to cast their ballots early, reducing the possibility of long lines at polling places on election day.

Although every registered voter in California was sent a vote-by-mail ballot, residents have the option of casting a ballot in person at the centers. Voters who have already filled out their vote-by-mail ballot can also drop them off at the vote centers.

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