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Early Voting Set for Those With Special Needs

October 31, 2000

LOS ANGELES — Want to vote early? Do you know someone who is visually impaired and wants to vote? Do you want to use a ballot in a language other than English?

Anyone answering yes to these questions can take advantage of special voting facilities at nine locations in Los Angeles County.

Registered voters may cast ballots at those locations, which employ the touch-screen process--similar to using a bank ATM--instead of paper ballots.

People with visual impairments may cast ballots independently by using raised touch-screen pads and audio headsets, registrar officials said.

Voters will have the option of using a ballot in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

The early voting sites will be open every day through Nov. 6--the day before the general election. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Locations include three registrar's offices: 12400 Imperial Highway, 3rd Floor, Norwalk; 7807 S. Compton Ave, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles; 14340 W. Sylvan St., Van Nuys.

Other locations: Beverly Hills Courthouse, 9355 Burton Way, 1st Floor; Centro Maravilla Community Center, 4716 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Building B; Lancaster-County Regional Center, 335 A East Avenue K-6, Lancaster; LAX Courthouse, 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., 6th Floor; Los Angeles City Elections Office, 700 E. Temple St., Basement; West Covina City Hall, 1444 W. Garvey Ave., 1st Floor.

Further information is available from the registrar's office at (800) 815-2666, option 5, during regular office hours, or at http://www.lavote.net.

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