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Gary Horton | L.A. County Makes Democracy More Accessible

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19.02.2020

There are big, big, changes coming to your voting booth this upcoming primary election. Almost everything we’ve come to accept as standard and routine for how we vote has now changed…

Last Thursday night, my wife, Carrie, and I attended a “March Election Update” meeting at College of the Canyons, conducted by the Santa Clarita League of Women Voters. The meeting’s purpose was a non-partisan review of our new Los Angeles County voting machines and systems, as well as a discussion on the 2020 Census, and a super-informative Jim de Bree explanation of the three propositions on this year’s ballot.

While all parts of the meeting were informative, the bright yellow, curvy new voting machines — Ballot Marking Device, or BMD — stole the show.

L.A. County, the nation’s largest voting jurisdiction, containing 5.4 million registered voters, larger than 42 of our 50 states (yes, we’re really that big!), is launching its new experience in the modernization and democratization of voting.

Gone, are your trusty old InkaVote system with that fun push-and-click pen you’d use to stick little black dots on paper cards.........

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