Every Vote Matters
When I read in Friday’s Los Angeles Times that over 1,100 Pomona voters had been disenfranchised by a County Clerk’s error, I was deeply saddened and disturbed. An entire voting precinct– the area surrounding Philadelphia Elementary School in South Pomona– had been told that they would have to drive all the way to La Puente to cast their vote, when in reality their correct voting place was the nearby elementary school. Los Angeles County sent postcards to nearly 500 affected residences, but understandably they did not have the resources to go door-to-door to notify voters of the correction.
But my campaign team and I realized that we did have the resources for that important effort. I’m not on the ballot this Tuesday, but I asked those who support me to come out and help. Less than 24 hours after we heard the news, a team of 16 volunteers gathered to distribute over 500 homemade bilingual flyers that clarified the correct polling location. It was a hot day, but the fact that we were working to restore voice to Pomona voters kept us refreshed. We were greeted by residents who appreciated our efforts to share this news with them, and I am hopeful the error will not result in a dramatic decrease in voter turnout.
Councilwoman Cristina Carrizosa has been a vocal advocate for her constituents, and should be commended for her efforts to get Los Angeles County to do everything feasible to resolve this crisis. Others, most notably Mayor Rothman, have been predictably silent on this matter, apparently not believing this is an issue that warrants their involvement. We need a leader that respects the right of every voter in every election, and uses his or her position to support and advocate for them whenever needed. Please know that I will be that Mayor, and will continue to do everything in my power to protect the rights of our community.
I hope you vote this Tuesday if you have not done so already by mail. To confirm your own polling location, you can call (800) 815-2666 or visit www.lavote.net.