The Pattaccia Room at Culver City City Hall was open both Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2019, for locals to come and test out the new LA County election system, and the steady stream of voters who came by to test the equipment seemed approving of the new equipment and format.
The poll workers who checked people in showed the new format to best advantage, checking names and addresses and having voters sign to agree to the correct information.
The new voting machines use touch screen technology to mark the ballot, and the clean format and simple font made the screens easy to read and efficient to use. A triple fail-safe allowed voters to go back and revise a voting choice, review the ballot onscreen, print it out for review, and go back to revise, and then submit the printed ballot to be counted as a vote. While it might be rare, the need for a voter to revise a vote can spoil a ballot, and therefore erase all other decisions made in other contests.
Thanks to the historic support in California for a paper ballot, the registrar will have a paper trail to follow in any need for a recount or challenge on election results.
Our first opportunity to use these machines – and our new locations of voters centers rather than polling stations – will be November 5, 2019, for local and municipal elections.