Each voter’s registration will be confirmed at the polling place prior to voting. Each voter is handed an ATM-like “smart card” to activate the machine. The voter moves through the ballot by touching options on the electronic screen. A review page at the conclusion lets voters know if they’ve skipped any races. The touch-screen screens can show ballots in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese as well as in English. They also will display the ballots in large text for voters with poor eyesight, and have headsets for voters with poor hearing. Vote totals with each machine will be brought to the central tally location after Nov. 4 for counting on election day. Polling places on election day will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. County election officials warned voters that they may not be assigned to vote at their usual polling place, because the upcoming election will have fewer than half of the polling places that were open in November 2004. County officials said they had only a few weeks to arrange polling places after the special election was called, and many former polling places were already booked for other uses. About half of county voters have been assigned to polling places different from where they voted in 2004. Voters can find their polling place on the back cover of their sample ballot booklets, go online at www.lavote.net, or call (800) 815-2666. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “That’s good entertainment,” Harlow said. This is the fifth year that Los Angeles County has let citizens vote early in advance on electronic touch-screen voting equipment, and the option has proved popular, officials said. “I wanted to get it out of the way,” voter Doug Sibbald said Wednesday while waiting to cast a ballot. Citizens can vote 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Nov. 4 at the Lancaster polling place, in the North County Fire Training Center at 42110 6th St. W., north of Avenue M. The touch-screen ballot contains the same contests and measures as voters will see at their polling place on election day or that they would receive by mail if they vote by absentee ballot. LANCASTER – Citizens can vote early for the Nov. 8 election. Electronic voting devices set up at Lancaster’s fire training center – and at 10 other locations around Los Angeles County – will let voters cast ballots through Nov. 4 for the special election. “Before I retired, I voted absentee. I think this is fun,” said Lancaster voter Michael Harlow, who voted Wednesday with his wife, Carla, and dozens of other voters on the Lancaster polling place’s opening day. Last election, he said, they got to see firefighters as well as vote.
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