Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to prioritize voting services in or near public housing:

 

“Voting is one of our most fundamental, sacred rights. However, since its existence, voter suppression has always posed a threat, especially for communities of color. With the continual issues impacting our U.S. Postal Service, I recently became aware that mail service has been discontinued or diminished at one public housing site — and possibly more. This raises concerns over whether these residents are receiving payments and critical medicines. It also leaves us wondering whether their Vote-by-Mail ballots will arrive or be retrieved for the November election.

 

“Given, however, the historic disenfranchisement of residents of public housing, coupled with the issues involving the U.S. postal service, we must do everything possible to ensure voting is easy and accessible for these residents. 

 

“That is why my motion directs the Registrar Recorder/County Clerk to prioritize voting services in or near public housing and extend efforts to inform voters residing in public housing of their options to access voting information. 

 

“Efforts to disenfranchise voters will be countered with this County’s unwavering commitment to ensure voting is as accessible as possible for voters, particularly those most impacted by the outcomes of elections.”

 

Today’s motion also directs the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to identify additional ballot delivery options for residents at public housing, especially at sites where postal service has been suspended. 

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Director of Communications, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov