WEST HOLLYWOOD — As part of the City of West Hollywood’s continuous efforts to increase voter participation, the City is encouraging community members to participate in the upcoming county-wide Mock Election, in which voters of all ages (from 5 to 105!) are encouraged to be the first to see and interact with Los Angeles County’s new voting system, Voting Solutions for All People.
The City’s Mock Election event will take place on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Beginning with 2020 elections, traditional “polling places” will be replaced by 1,000 “polling centers” which allow Los Angeles County residents to vote at any one of the polling center locations over an eleven day period.
The County will also be rolling out the custom designed Voting Solutions for All People voting system which combines the benefits of technology for an easy and accessible voting experience with a paper ballot.
In this mock election experience, participants will be voting on non-political issues like their favorite song, park, or animal – a completely non-partisan election (unless you get comments from the competing Canine Party or Feline Party who are currently running neck and neck in a non-existent poll).
The new system will feature a Ballot Marking Device which makes it easier for voters to customize the voting experience to fit their needs. Voters can access 13 languages, adjust the touch screen to a comfortable angle, change the display settings such as text size and contrast or go through the ballot using the audio headset and control pad. A paper ballot is required to use the Ballot Marking Device.
Security remains a top priority for L.A. County, that’s why this device is not connected to a network or the internet. The easy-to-follow instructions can guide any voter through the voting process without the need for assistance.
Previously, voters with mobility or visual challenges were asked to go to a separate voting booth; not any more. The Ballot Marking Device provides all the accessibility features previously available and upgrades them all into one device.
This new system will also include an optional tool that will help speed up the voting process. The Interactive Sample Ballot is a convenient option for voters who want to access and mark their selections prior to arriving at the vote center.
Using a computer, mobile phone, or personal digital device, voters’ can review their ballot information and make their selections. After going through the selection process the Interactive Sample Ballot creates a Poll Pass (QR code) – like an airline boarding pass.
At the vote center, voters scan the Poll Pass to transfer their selections to the Ballot Marking Device (BMD). Then, a review screen will display allowing voters a chance to make changes or cast their ballot. This is not online voting. Voters will still need to take their poll pass to a vote center to complete the voting process.
Another change being implemented is the addition of Electronic Pollbooks (ePollbook) which will replace the printed list of voters and will be used by vote center staff to verify the registration eligibility of a voter in real time.
Additionally, ePollbooks will indicate if a voter has already voted anywhere in the County and will not allow voting at multiple locations. The ePollbooks will also allow the option of Conditional Voter Registration, which enables a voter to register and vote on the same day.
The voter information on the ePollbooks is not connected to the Ballot Marking Device or the tally system. They remain independent from one another to protect a voter’s personal information. Printed ballots do not contain any voter information.
Voter registration forms may be obtained at West Hollywood City Hall during regular hours and at this mock election event. The City’s elections page, www.weho.org/elections, provides detailed election information and links to the California Secretary of State’s Voter Registration page, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website, and links to find specific information about how to apply to vote by mail, a polling place locator, and sample ballots.
Aid for Renters, Seniors, and Community During Emergency
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has updated its website with information and links to resources for a range of programs to assist residents and businesses, and they say they are implementing additional programs to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
For the latest City of West Hollywood information, visit weho.org/coronavirus .
The City’s website features information about rental assistance and eviction protections for renters facing economic hardship due to coronavirus; links to resources for workers and businesses; and information for seniors to connect to services from community organizations and find out about basics such as current neighborhood grocery store hours.
There are also details about the Safer at Home LA County Order, which urges all community members to stay at home to reduce transmission of coronavirus.
As a reminder, West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and is suspending all in-person transactions. All public City buildings and facilities are closed.
City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City encourages community members to continue to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information.
LA County Workers Cut Down Beach Volleyball Nets Due to Coronavirus
LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — The coronavirus pandemic is giving new meaning to the March tradition of cutting down nets … beaches across Los Angeles County are making sure no one plays volleyball.
L.A. County workers are busy cutting down volleyball nets across the Santa Monica, this only hours after California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered residents to stay home to help slow down the spread of the novel virus.
The decision to take volleyball off the table makes sense when you think about it … everyone in a volleyball match touches the ball, and they’re usually sweating and perspiring, which is not a good combination when it comes to COVID-19.
Despite the “Safer at Home” order for California residents, people can still go outside to walk and get exercise … officials urged folks not to congregate at the beach, and now there’s no way to get a volleyball game going.
We’re used to seeing basketball players cut down the nets during March Madness … but that’s just another annual tradition suspended due to the pandemic.
WeHo JFS Service Changes For Seniors and Others Due to Virus
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well being to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The City is getting the word out about updates regarding services for seniors at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park and services available from Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS)
- JFS has immediately cancelled all activities at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park until April 10, 2020 as a precaution to safeguard health and safety and JFS will make assessments as the situation evolves;
- The JFS meal site will provide a frozen meal for each client coming to its meal sites on Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and the organization anticipates providing additional meals for clients in order to minimize client contact and support recommendations for social distancing;
- Additionally, SOVA, the JFS food pantry, located on Pico and Robertson Boulevards, continues to remain open for community members.
The JFS West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center remains a vital resource for seniors and people with disabilities and it will continue to be operational at this time. Operated by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), funded in large part by the City of West Hollywood, and located in the community center at Plummer Park, the Center is a one-stop source of support and assistance.
In response to concerns about coronavirus, JFS requests that community members contact the Center by phone instead of in person. Currently, case managers are reaching out to connect with clients and assess needs. For more information, please call (323) 851-8202.
For additional information about social services in the City of West Hollywood, please call (323) 848-6510.
For updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health about Coronavirus, please visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.
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