Same-day voter registration is available at some vote centers up to Election Day.
By Thandisizwe Chimurenga and James Duffy V.
Associated Student Government Finance Secretary Marian Kim voted last week. She dropped her ballot off at a post office a block from her house, close to LACC. Kim says she wished she had taken advantage of the campus voting center, but she’s relieved she got it done. Kim says she regrets not voting in 2016.
“I was just one of those people who was like he’s not going to win, and I don’t even want to vote for either/or,” Kim said.
Four years later, Kim says she is passionate about getting her peers to the polls.
“This time around, I am pretty serious,” Kim said. “Usually, I don’t talk about politics with my friends, but I told them this year, ‘You should definitely vote.’”
Los Angeles County’s chief elections official Dean Logan encourages Angelenos who wish to vote in-person to do so before Election Day on Nov. 3.
The county registrar sent an e-mail over the weekend that lists 100 open vote centers throughout the county, including at the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District.
LACC’s campus ballot drop box will be open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the Student Union Building.
“I know a lot of people are like me, they are wondering ‘Why do I have to care about this?’” Kim said. “So, I think it’s important to inform those students why they need to vote.”
LACC music major Samuel Cazares says he weighed the importance of this election.
“Already voted,” Cazares said. “I just hope Election Day isn’t a shitshow.”
In addition to the vote centers at LACC, vote centers will remain open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additional vote centers will open throughout the county on Oct. 30.
Same-day voter registration will also be allowed on Nov. 3.
Mona Field is currently the co-director of the League of Women Voters in Los Angeles. The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan, although the organization does encourage informed and active participation in government.
Field was a trustee at the Los Angeles Community College District for 16 years. “… When I heard that there were vote centers, I thought it was wonderful,” Field said.
Although the community colleges are closed because of the pandemic, Field says the campuses are a familiar place for students to come and vote or drop off their ballots.
“It does seem like it’s a wonderful community service to be vote centers,” Field said.
L.A. County Sheriff Deputy Adolfo Pastrano says deputies at the LACC Sheriff’s station have been directing “numerous voters” to the campus ballot dropbox.
“The past two or three days since Saturday it has been a constant flow of people coming in,” Pastrano said.
Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman says she strongly supported the campuses becoming vote centers.
“I would first advocate to make sure that if you got a ballot in the mail it is probably best and safest to fill it out at home and drop it in the drop box,” Hoffman said. “But I do feel like it’s a boon for the community to have our campuses serve as vote centers even during this pandemic.”
Hoffman says she believes the campus vote centers are convenient for students and residents who want to take advantage of same-day registration
“There are people that live near our campuses that don’t drive … so, I really feel like it’s great for the community to be able to come to their local community college to cast their vote,” Hoffman said.
Kim also says she thinks the first place students may think to go cast their vote is their own college.
“We all live in this world together, and it’s the most power we have as citizens are to vote,” Kim said.
An interactive map with locations of the vote centers and other information can be found at www.lavote.net.