For the March 3, 2020, presidential primary election, Los Angeles County will roll out a new digital voting system known as Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) with the hope of making voting easier, more accessible, and more secure. The traditional voting system is receiving a complete overhaul, which will affect registered voters in the City and over 5 million voters across the county.
Major changes include where and how you vote. Traditional, pre-assigned polling places open only on Election Day will be obsolete. Instead, eligible residents will be able to vote at any of the estimated 1,000 voting centers across the county. Voters in Los Angeles County will now have 11 consecutive days to vote in-person at any Vote Center countywide. It should be noted that some centers open for 11 days while others for 4 days before Election Day. Vote Centers for the March 3, 2020, election will be open from February 22, 2020 to March 3, 2020.
Voters will have the option to prepare their ballots ahead of their visit via an official County smartphone app. The app will produce a “poll pass,” a unique quick response (QR) code that voters will be able to scan at the bottom of the ballot-marking device. The system will then automatically print a copy of the voter’s ballot. Voting by mail will still be available. Voters will have the choice to submit their sealed ballot via the U.S. Postal Service, or drop it off at a local drop-off box.
County officials ensure that the new electronic system will be secure. The machines are not connected to the Internet, and at the end of the ballot-marking process, they produce a paper ballot that voters can double check. The system also does not store any voting information, and it does not tally votes.
For additional information, please visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website at https://lavote.net/