First published in the Nov. 5 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
By Gavin J. Quinton
It’s Election Day on Tuesday, and a majority of Glendale voters have yet to submit their ballots.
Voter turnout is on the rise in Glendale. More Glendale voters went to the polls during the last midterm general election compared to the 2014 midterm elections. With all ballots counted, the 56,255 votes cast in 2018’s midterms exceeded the 28,650 cast in 2014.
Los Angeles County has transitioned from polling places to vote centers, which allows voters 11 days to cast a ballot in person during the upcoming election from any vote center location countywide.
Vote Centers offer new, fully accessible ballot marking devices to make voting easier, including translation of the ballot into 12 languages. These devices allow voters to cast their votes on a screen, review their selections, then print their ballot for a final review. When the voter has finished reviewing the ballot, they insert the ballot back into the machine, which transfers the ballot directly into a secured ballot box.
Voting centers are located at the Glendale Central Library, Incarnation Community Center, Glendale Community College, Glendale Church of Christ, Iglesia Adventista Hispana, Dunsmore Elementary School, Glendale Express Hotel, Glendale Youth Center, Hoover High School, Brand Studios, Pacific Park Community Center and Chevy Chase Branch Library. The polls will be open Nov. 5-7 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day.
Residents can also submit the ballots mailed to them in person at polling centers during those periods.
Mail-in ballots were sent to voters last month and can be submitted via mail with no postage necessary or dropped off at the official L.A. County 24-hour vote-by-mail drop boxes located at the Glendale Central Library, Pacific Park Library, Wilson Mini Park, Verdugo Park, Glendale Sports Complex, La Crescenta Library and Dunsmore Park. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.
Glendale residents will vote on several high-ranking offices, including those of governor, senator and U.S. representative for District 28, which includes Glendale.
To learn more about the candidates and their stances on issues surrounding the district, visit Glendalenewspress.outlooknewspapers.com.