Published : Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 4:42 AM
Pasadena voters attended a Vote Center Community Meeting hosted by the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region earlier this month to learn more about the updated countywide voting system set to be implemented for the 2020 Elections. The June 4 meeting was one of several that ANCA Western Region hosted across Los Angeles County, specifically by its three local chapters: Pasadena, Crescenta Valley, and East San Fernando Valley.
The ANCA is one of several community organizations helping the county in its Voting Solutions for All People, or VSAP initiative. The Pasadena meeting was held at the Pasadena Convention Center and was organized with the support of the local City Clerk’s Office Elections Division, a report by the Armenian-American news outlet Azbares said.
“The ANCA Pasadena Chapter was proud to collaborate with the City of Pasadena and in particular the City Clerk’s office led by City Clerk, Mark Jomsky, as well as partner up with LA County to educate and inform local residents about the important upcoming changes to the voting system,” the paper quoted ANCA-Pasadena Chapter Board Member Doing Donabedian as saying. “It’s essential that we work with the county in providing election services in a fair, accessible and transparent manner.”
The community meetings allowed attendees to learn more about the new voting experience and the implementation of Vote Centers that will provide convenient locations for voting anywhere in the county over an 11-day voting period. ANCA representatives facilitated the meeting and detailed how the new ballot marking system will be implemented.
The new voting system features a touchscreen device with a port for headphones and will provide voters with a digital ballot.
The presentation also included a documentary, “Democracy by Design,” about VSAP and its collaboration with IDEO, a Silicon Valley design firm helping to build the ballot marking devices.. A short tutorial showed how the ballot marking devices will work.
The county plans to test the new voting system with a mock election in September at 50 Vote Centers. Demo centers will simulate the new process for voters to see and test during weekdays and weekends throughout the county between October and January.
The new system will be in use by March 3, 2020, the day of the 2020 California Primary Election.