Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk COUNTY INFORMATION SERVICES
CONTACTS: Marcia Ventura (562) 462-2726
Eileen Shea (562) 462-2648
August 25, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REGISTRAR-RECORDER/COUNTY CLERK AT THE FAIR
Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean Logan announced this week that the RR/CC will staff two informational booths and provide services at the upcoming Los Angeles County Fair. The Department’s main booth, located in the rear of Agricultural Building No. 4, will be open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning on September 5th continuing through September 28th. Booth activities will include voter registration, voter educational materials and information, recorder services, vital records requests, and community volunteer work opportunities.
Logan said that staff will be available to assist eligible California residents with voter registration and to update registrations for those who have moved, changed their names or wish to change their political party affiliations. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November 4th General Election is October 20th. Registration-by-mail forms will be available at the booth during all hours that the fair is open. Vote by Mail ballot applications will also be distributed from the booth. The last day to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for the General Election is October 28th.
The Department is also actively recruiting poll workers for the November 4th General Election. Application forms will be available at the RR/CC fair booths. There is still a need to fill up to 1,000 of the 25,000 poll worker positions required. Poll workers must be available Election Day between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to set up the polls, provide assistance to voters, issue ballots and conduct poll closing procedures. “Serving as a poll worker is a great opportunity for citizens to participate in democracy,” said Logan. “It is also a great way to give back to the community.” Poll workers receive an $80 stipend for Election Day and an additional $25 bonus for attending a 1½ hour pre-election training session. The RR/CC is especially interested in bilingual poll workers who can speak Armenian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino or Vietnamese.
Logan encouraged anyone interested in volunteering to work at the November 4th General Election to obtain information and an application at the RR/CC fair booths. Numerous volunteers are needed to work at the voting precincts, and for various election night assignments related to ballot receipt and inspection.
Applications for copies of birth, death, and marriage records will also be available at the RR/CC informational booth. These applications must be presented in person at the RR/CC Headquarters in Norwalk or at any branch office or they can be submitted by mailed as a fee is involved. No money will be handled at the information booth.
Sunday, September 7th, is the Fourth Annual Los Angeles County Day at the County Fair in Pomona. Elected officials and department heads will join employees in celebrating this special day, which allows the County to showcase its services and the great team of employees who deliver those services. Activities will include a parade at noon featuring County vehicles and employees, an all-day Expo with informational booths staffed by departments, and a horse race in honor of the County. RR/CC Dean Logan will ride on the department head float. The RR/CC float which is presently under construction has been designed to coordinate with the County Day Theme of “County of Los Angeles: Star Performers”. The float will feature mock film strips containing poster sized forms and photos relating to the services provided by the RR/CC. Department staff will accompany the float wearing themed sandwich boards that display information pertaining to the department.
As part of the all-day Expo on September 7th only, the RR/CC will feature a second booth along the parade route with voter education, voter registration and poll worker recruitment information. Materials such as voter guides, state pamphlets, InkaVote devices, and a Precinct Ballot Reader will be on hand for informational purposes and to demonstrate the voting process.
Persons requiring multilingual assistance in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese regarding information in the press release may call (800) 481-8663.
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