Eagle Rock — After taking L.A. County’s new Voting Solutions for All People system for a test ride this weekend at a mock election, my husband Jim and I were impressed with the streamlined technology and user-friendly system.
We can also happily report that the best parts of voting will still be intact: receiving a paper voter booklet in the mail, having human interactions to (if you choose) bookend the physical experience, and being handed the “I Voted” sticker.
The turnout at the Yosemite Recreation Center may have been small compared to the glitz of other high-profile locations (with food trucks, giveaways and possible celeb sightings), but the voting staff were eager to walk us through the process.
Remember volunteers leafing through a huge paper roster of names and then you signing upside down on a ruler at check-in? Gone. A new electronic system efficiently found me and physically printed out my ballot with QR code denoting my election history, party preference and precinct area.
This new system eliminates the need for provisional ballots, allowing voters to vote at any one of 1,000 vote centers that will located around the county; you’re not tied to vote ONLY at your precinct.
Also, remember that voting will now be an 11-day affair to counter excuses about “finding time to vote.”