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Marchers From All Saints Church Head to City Hall Voting Drop Box to Cast Ballots

Published on Monday, October 19, 2020 | 1:00 am

A group of about 40 people walked the short distance from All Saints Church to City Hall Saturday to cast their ballots in a voting drop box.

According to Juliana Serrano, a senior associate at All Saints Church, which is located across the street from City Hall, voting rally participants were in great spirits and excited to vote alongside friends.

Social distancing and COVID-19 protocols were followed, and all participants were required to wear a mask.

The Rev. Susan Russell blessed the ballot drop box and all the ballots inside of it. According to Serrano, Russell prayed for the nation to truly live up to the values of liberty and justice for all.

Vote-by-mail drop boxes have been installed at City Hall and at Brookside, Grant, Victory, and Washington parks.

“I was pleased with the turnout, given that so many members have told me and shared on social media that they already voted,” Serrano told Pasadena Now on Sunday.  

Police are patrolling the boxes to ensure they have not been tampered with.

In this year’s local election contests, incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek faces challenger Councilmember Victor Gordo. Also up to voters are three seats on the Pasadena Board of Education, as well as a school board bond measure and a measure that would guarantee the city’s $18 million utility transfer can continue. 

This is the first time since the City Council changed its election calendar to match national election dates.

L.A. County will conduct the vote count. In March, it took county officials nearly a month to report the final results.

“Several of those in attendance told me they waited to vote, just so they could march to City Hall with fellow members,” Serrano said. “Voting is a sacred act. Doing it with others makes it even more special and holy.”

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