Westwood, Calif.– Mar. 09, 2020 – ASUCLA played an important role in political innovation this election year as Ackerman Union served as an all-new Vote Center, and more than 6,000 registered voters utilized the service.
In a move designed to eliminate designation-based polling places and make voting more accessible, LA County introduced centers that can be accessed by any voter, starting with the 2020 primary elections. Between Feb. 22-Mar. 3, voters within the Bruin community and beyond came out to the Bruin Reception Room inside Ackerman Union to participate. The Vote Center saw its busiest day on Mar. 3, where more than 4,500 UCLA students, staff, faculty and community members lined up to cast their vote on Super Tuesday.
“ASUCLA is always looking for opportunities to not only enhance the student experience on campus but also to provide students with opportunities to actively engage in shaping their world,” said Pouria Abbassi, ASUCLA Executive Director & CEO. “We are delighted that so many Bruins and beyond visited the Vote Center in one of our facilities, and to see members of the UCLA community participate in civic engagement.”
Of the more than 6,000 votes that were cast in the Ackerman Union vote center, 1,800 came from provisional ballots and new registrations and 1,000 mail-in ballots were collected.
The Vote Center came to UCLA through the collaborative efforts of LA County Registrar’s Office, California Secretary of State’s Office, UCLA Government & Community Relations, Campus Life, Administrative Vice Chancellor’s Office, Chancellor’s Office, and Student Affairs.