LOS ANGELES - There were lines out the door Monday night at the Registrar Recorder’s Office in Norwalk. The polls now open around the clock for 24-hour voting through Super Tuesday with some big changes at the ballot box.
“We can just drop it off anywhere so pretty much it’s a lot better than before,” said Early Voter Abdy Aispuro.
Gone are designated polling places, instead voters can go to any polling station in La County for early voting which started on February 22.
“We opened another 700 plus locations this past Saturday which gave us almost 1,000 locations and voters can use any of those locations to vote,” said Jeff Klein, a representative with the L.A. County Registrar Recorder’s Office.
Of those, six are open 24-hours which began Monday at 8 a.m. and will run through the close of polls Tuesday. For some voters, it was all about convenience:
“We wanted to avoid the crowds hopefully we thought tomorrow was going to be pretty busy so we thought we’d get it over with tonight,” said Santa Fe Springs Resident Sergio Valenzuela.
The new system is computerized but also uses a paper ballot.
“I love it! It was easy it walked you through every step and then you have the headphones that talked to you the whole time so there is no confusion,” said Arcelia Valenzuela.
Also new this election year, California participating in Super Tuesday for this first time. And while most voters seemed to like the new date and early voting system, some did point out a downside.
“What about if they voted for one of the candidates that just dropped out yesterday so it’s like what do you? Do you vote early but not so early? Should you still wait a little bit? So it’s one downside I think,” Aispuro said.
“You’re not able to get your ballot back when you cast it. If you want to make a change, unfortunately, you are not able to take that vote back,” said Klein.