Early turnout in LA County is low heading into the final weekend before the primary

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — As Election Day approaches, Los Angeles County is opening 15 mobile voting centers at AltaMed Medical’s offices to facilitate voting.

“We firmly believe that civic engagement and education in our communities is our mission and responsibility,” said AltaMed’s Berenice Núñez Constant.

Election officials say it’s about reaching voters who might otherwise not be able to cast their ballots.

“There are some people in the community that we simply won’t reach for accessibility and language access reasons unless we get to the community they are in,” said LA County Registrar Dean Logan.

There are approximately 5.6 million registered voters in LA County. Logan said as we enter the final weekend before Election Day, the number of ballots returned so far is a bit low.

“[Wednesday,] We’ve had about 400,000 mail-in votes back and another 7,000 or 8,000 who voted in person, so not a huge number but consistent each day, so we’re hoping for an influx as we move towards Tuesday,” Logan said.

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Mindy Romero of the USC Price School of Public Policy examines the numbers and analyzes turnout for the 2022 election.

“I think a lot of voters or potential voters don’t see the primary as something relevant,” Romero said.

She said with the pandemic, no one is sure what turnout might be.

“Now that we’re opening up in society and people are more comfortable, we expect some degree of in-person voting to come back,” Romero said. “Of course the polling stations are open now, you can now vote in person, but a lot of people are still thinking about election day.”

The mobile voting centers are open until Monday 6 June. People can also vote and cast their full vote by mail.

To find a polling station near you, click here. For everything you need to know about Tuesday’s primary — including online candidate statements and other election resources — click here.

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