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L.A. County, District Finalize Plans for Campus Drop Boxes

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By Angelia Coyne | Politics Desk Correspondent

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Ballot drop boxes could soon appear on campuses across the Los Angeles Community College District. Students and East Hollywood residents could drop ballots off at LACC in October if all goes according to plan.

A Mail in Ballot

Voters could avoid long lines, a trip to the post office, and searching for poll locations by visiting the campus drop boxes.

LACCD Director of Communications & External Relations William Boyer said the district collaborated with the Los Angeles County Registrar of voters to help students cast their ballots in an email.

“There will be vote mailboxes at each college where people will be able to drop off their vote by mail ballots safely and securely,” Boyer said.

He says the district is “finalizing this agreement” with the L.A. County Registrar as the election approaches.

“Each of the nine colleges in the district will have drop boxes placed by the Student Union,” said L.A. City College President Mary Gallagher.

The drop boxes provide a way to avoid poll closures and postal delays. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law that allows counties to offer fewer in-person polling places because of the pandemic, according to KSBY-TV.

Boyer also says LACC will serve as a multi-day vote center for the General Election on Nov. 3.

“The next big effort will be the deadline reminder to make sure students and the public are registered to vote,” Boyer said.

Once voters complete their ballot, they can take it to LACC or other campuses and place it in the dropbox.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 19.

Iraq veteran William Thompson is a longtime East Hollywood resident. “It’s a great feeling to be able to vote,” Thompson said. “I feel empowered, and I’m only 12 minutes from the campus.”

The county registrar’s website says polling locations will be listed 30 to 40 days before election day.

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