By Mary O’KEEFE
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan announced this week a new program that will allow voters to use a will-call ballot pick-up and ballot drop-off service throughout L.A. County for the June 7 primary.
The program will launch on May 28. Voters will have the option to request a Vote by Mail ballot either online or over the phone and will be able to pick it up at one of 11 locations.
Voters can make their request to vote by mail beginning on May 23 with ballots made available for pick-up from May 28 through June 6.
“It is easier accessibility,” said Mike Sanchez, RR/CC spokesman.
Voters can either apply online by going to www.LAvote.net or by contacting (562) 466-1323. Once the application is completed, the voter will receive a confirmation number and a date the ballot will be available. The ballot can then be picked up at one of the locations and taken home to be filled out and mailed back or taken to the polling place on June 7 or completed at the pick-up location.
By adding this new option L.A. County is hoping to get more people out to vote. The agency is hoping to provide more will call locations in the future.
“We want to give the voters as many options as possible,” Sanchez said.
According to the California Secretary of State’s office, 31% of registered California voters went to the polls in the last primary in 2012.
“The June 2012 vote by mail percentage of 65% topped the previous record set in the May 19, 2009 [in the] Statewide Special Election in which 62% of ballots were cast by mail,” according to the SOS website.
In 2012 in Los Angeles County, 44.37% of voters cast ballots using Vote by Mail.
Vote by Mail continues to trend up for California voters. The new will-call ballot pick-up and drop-off service is one way to help make the process of voting easier.
The nearest will-call location to Crescenta Valley is in Pasadena at the Pasadena City Clerk’s office, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Room S228. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information and locations, visit www.LAvote.net.