Next Tuesday, some 1.5 million ballots will be cast in L.A. County. Some 20,000 workers will oversee 5,000 polling places.
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But about 80,000 people will be forced to mail their ballots or stop by a polling place outside their area if they wish to vote. The L.A. County RegistrarRecorders Office says residents in some 343 precincts do not have enough registered voters to warrant a polling place of their own.
By county rules, precincts must have at least 250 registered voters to be assured of a polling place, said spokeswoman Grace Chavez. Oftentimes the registration figure is below, and therefore we declare it an absent-voter precinct, Chavez said.
But there is hope for those who are unhappy with their forced absentee-voter status. In future elections, Chavez said they can create their own polling place by finding at least four people willing to work from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
By the way, if you vote absentee, think ahead. If they put it in the mail on Election Day, it wont reach us in time, Chavez said.