Election Day voting seemed to go smoothly at the Palisades Rec Center on November 3.
Poll workers said there were about 15 people in line when the voting center opened at 7 a.m., but within a few minutes, everyone was inside and voting.
As people exited the polls in the morning, they were asked if they would like to participate in an exit survey. The woman running that polling was hired by Edison Research.
That company’s website notes, “Since 2004, the National Election Pool (NEP) and Edison Research have conducted the only national exit polls in the United States.
“The NEP is the source for projections and analysis for every midterm election, presidential primary and presidential election. Our 2018 general election coverage included exit polls at over 700 voting locations as well as in-person and telephone surveys with absentee and early voters all around the country.”
Edison Research is conducted on behalf of the National Election Pool, which includes ABC, CBS, NBC News and CNN. “The NEP’s exit poll is the only survey that will be released on election night that represents the views and opinions of actual voters interviewed as they cast their ballots all across the country.”
Circling the News returned to the Rec Center at noon to see if there were lines, which had been predicted by L.A. media, because voters faced not only a national presidential election, but also were asked to vote on 12 propositions. There were no lines and the person running the exit polling was gone.
According to a November 4 press release from L.A. County Registrar-Recorder spokesperson Mike Sanchez, 3,186,572 ballots had been processed and counted with 55.81 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. The number of Vote by Mail ballots were 2,359,634 and the Vote Center ballots were 826,938.
The country registrar updated vote totals late Wednesday afternoon. Joe Biden was crushing Donald Trump, 65.2% to 32.9% statewide with 66% of the expected vote. This translated to 7,729,422 and 3, 903,833 votes respectively.
This year, for the first time, all Californians who were currently registered to vote received a vote-by-mail ballot. Voters were allowed to either mail the completed ballot, place it in a secured ballot box, or vote in person.
Statewide it appears that Props 15, 16 and 18 have failed, but sites (Prop 15, 16, and 18) note that although 100 percent of precincts have reported voted, millions more in absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots have yet to be counted.
Prop 15 would raise commercial and industrial property taxes, Prop 16 would roll back the law that banned affirmative action passed in 1996 and Prop 18 would allow 17-year-olds the right to vote in primary and special elections if they turn 18 in time for the next general election.
LAUSD Measure RR was winning with 77% of the vote (55% needed to pass), and will provide $7 billion in bond financing to modernize campuses, such as air conditioning, seismic retrofits, ceilings and learning technology.
Updates are planned by the County of Los Angeles Registrar through November 30, if needed. The next update is planned for Thursday, November 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. (LA Vote).
Local incumbents U.S. Representative Ted Lieu (with 69% of the vote) and California Assemblymember Richard Bloom (81%) were easily reelected.
When CTN returned to the Rec Center voting center shortly before it closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, workers said there had never been any lines, other than when the site first opened.
They said it was a smooth process and people did not have to wait to vote.
The presidential race was not smooth process, with some states still counting on November 4.