FarsiVoter is proud to have been chosen by Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder's offie to host a Community Meeting to reach out to the Iranian-American citizens and other Farsi speaking communities in Los Angeles County about the new voting machines to be used for the upcoming 2020 election.
The following videos will provide you a better understanding about the upcoming changes to the way we vote in California. We especially invite the Iranian-American community to attend our upcoming Community Meeting so we can answer any of your questions.
In 2020 Los Angeles County will be moving away from traditional polling places and will be welcoming Vote Centers. Vote Centers will be placed throughout Los Angeles County in convenient and accessible locations. Take a look.
Why did the voting system change?
Approved by California lawmakers in 2016, the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) expands voters’ options for how, when and where they cast their ballots. Beginning in 2018, all registered voters in participating counties will be mailed a ballot and have the option to return it by mail or place it in a secure dropbox. Voters also will be able to vote in person at a limited number of “vote centers,” which will replace polling places.
Vote centers will offer accessible voting equipment, language assistance and voting materials in all legally required languages. Additionally Californians will be able to register and vote the same day at any vote center. All vote centers will be open from the Saturday before Election Day through Election Day. Some will be open a full 11 days, including the two weekends before Election Day.
The Voter's Choice Act
By adopting the Voter’s Choice Act, state policymakers and election officials hope to increase voter participation by providing voters with increased flexibility to vote when and where is most convenient for them. For example, voters in participating counties will be able to vote on weekends, at any vote center in their county, and by mail without requesting a mailed ballot in advance. The new process also modernizes California’s elections and recognizes the growing preference voters have for mailed ballots. Overall, the Voter’s Choice Act gives voters more options so they can choose when, where and how they vote
Who does it effect?
The law authorizes 14 specified counties to adopt the Voter’s Choice Act in 2018.
Five counties have decided to participate in the VCA: Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo. The remaining nine authorized counties have chosen not to implement VCA in 2018, but may choose to do so in future years.
All other California counties are authorized to make the switch starting in 2020
Timeline for Implementation
- Throughout the summer and fall 2017, counties must hold public meetings to receive input on their Election Administration Plan, publish a draft plan, and form two public advisory committees: a Language Accessibility Advisory Committee and a Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee.
- In the winter, counties will submit their Election Administration Plans to California’s Secretary of State for approval.
- In early 2018, LAACs and VAACs should continue to meet and election administrators may continue to adjust their Election Administration Plans, ideally with public input.
- The first ballots mailed to voters under the new system will be sent in early May 2018.
What: Women's March of Los Angeles
When: January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Where: Pershing Square
532 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Pars Equality Center
Sherman Oaks, CA
March 3, 2016
Teaching a civic engagement class to Iranian-Americans.
Celebrating National Voter Registration Day, 2014
FarsiVoter was able to encourage local Iranian businesses in Westwood, California to participate for the first time ever in the National Voter Registration Day by providing them with Los Angeles County Voter Registration Forms to distribute in their stores.
We are so proud of the following participating stores and will work hard to include more stores in the future.
Thanks to the following Persian/Iranian businesses.
1441 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
1451 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
1419 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024