Voters prepare to wait as lines form for in-person voting

By Michael Hernandez

VENTURA COUNTY—Newbury Park voters formed lines at both Sycamore Canyon School (4601 Via Rio in Dos Vientos) and at Newbury Park High School (456 North Reino Road) with the line numbering 20 at Sycamore Canyon (wait time one hour) and 80 waiting outside the High School (wait time unknown).

Poll workers were explaining voting procedures one person at a time (with no script) as voters surrendered their ballots and waited for a new ballot to be printed. Voters also had the option to vote on a computer screen—which did not tally the vote but only printed out the ballot so it could be put in the ballot box like those voting by paper. Both these options required voters to sign a ballot request form to receive a new ballot.

A few voters chose to turn in their ballots sealed as if they were at a ballot drop-off location so as not to have to wait in the line.  Ventura County has 34 ballot drop-off locations and 46 in-person voting locations which are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday-Monday) with voting on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Editor’s Note: For more information on voting places visit VenturaVote.org.)

During the morning voting hours in Newbury Park, both poll workers and voters responded slowly to the new system and procedures put in place for the four days of in-person voting (Saturday-Tuesday). Election Integrity Project Ventura County has seven volunteers observing the elections at the two in-person voting locations in Newbury Park; but none were seen this morning. (Editor: Any Vote By Mail ballot can be tracked at: WHERESMYBALLOT.SOS.CA.GOV.)

Photo credits: Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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