Preparing for Election Day in the Country's Most Populous Jurisdiction

10-24-12Los Angeles County, California, which currently has more than 4.5 million registered voters, is the most populous election jurisdiction in the nation. Preparing for Election Day in a jurisdiction this size is a logistical challenge to say the least and with that day fast approaching, election officials have a lot to do to get ready—and they have already done plenty, including:

  • Processing more than 250,000 voter registration forms. The county saw a monthly record of 150,000 registrations in September, due in part to the rollout of online voter registration;
  • Sending out over one million vote-by-mail ballots—more than all the ballots cast in each of 17 states and the District of Columbia in 2008;
  • Finding more than 4,500 polling places, more than twenty percent of polling places needed statewide;
  • Recruiting and training more than 25,000 poll workers which is one-quarter of the poll workers needed statewide; and
  • Providing election materials and bilingual assistance at the polls in nine languages.