Long Beach Convention Center to serve as county vote center

The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center will serve as a voting center for the 2020 presidential general election, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Friday.

“I want this to be the most accessible, convenient, hassle-free election for voters in L.A. County history, and that means giving voters options of how and where to vote,” Hahn said in the announcement.

While some vote centers will open as early as Oct. 24 for voters to cast their ballot in person or drop off their mail-in ballots, the convention center will be open Oct. 30 through the Nov. 3 election. Vote centers will operate every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the early voting period and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

“The [convention center] has always been an incredible place for hosting events,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. “It is fitting that they have also offered their space for safe and accessible voting this election year.”

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all registered California voters will receive a mail-in ballot this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in May.

“Mail-in voting is important, but it is not an exclusive substitute to physical locations,” Newsom said.

Voters who opt to vote by mail can track their ballot using the state’s new Ballot Trax system. Unlike the past, voters may vote in person or drop off their ballot at any L.A. County vote center or ballot drop box, of which there are 16 throughout Long Beach.

The voter registration deadline to receive a vote-by-mail ballot is Oct. 19. To check voter registration status, residents can visit lavot.net. If a voter has moved, changed their name or wants to change their party affiliation, they must re-register online or with a paper form.

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Brandon Richardson is a business reporter, covering everything from real estate and healthcare to the airport and port to city hall and the economy. He is a Long Beach native who has been with the Business Journal since graduating from Long Beach City College in spring 2016 with an associate’s degree in journalism. He is an avid record collector and concert goer.