Orange and Los Angeles County to Host Voting Workshop for New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony
Up to 10,000 new citizens to experience voting and discover elections first hand immediately following swearing in ceremony
SANTA ANA, CA – October 21, 2014 – The Orange County Registrar of Voters is partnering with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) and community organizations to educate and inform new citizen voters on how to vote in the upcoming November 4, 2014 General Election.
The U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Immediately following the 9 a.m. (approximate start time 10:15 a.m.) ceremony, Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley and Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Dean C. Logan will welcome new citizens and kick-off a voting workshop.
Los Angeles and Orange County election staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist newly naturalized voters from both counties. Residents of Orange County will have the opportunity to register to vote and cast a ballot for the upcoming November General Election.
“This is an exciting time for new citizens – with an opportunity to vote as soon as they are sworn in,” said Neal Kelley, Orange County Registrar of Voters. “One of the first things many new citizens are interested in is how they can participate in the upcoming election,” he continued.
New citizens will also have the opportunity to learn about programs available to assist new voters, voter registration information and other election related topics.
WHAT: Two information workshops to educate new citizens about their opportunity to vote in the upcoming election and to provide important information regarding what is in the ballot and services available to assist them with exercising their new right to vote. Community partners will be on hand to also provide assistance and non-partisan information.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014. There will be two workshops, immediately following ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Approximate start times are 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 306 (map), 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
HOW: Any newly sworn citizen is eligible to register and vote beginning on October 21, 2014 and ending at the close of polls on November 4, 2014.
AVAILABLE PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AND BROADCAST VISUALS:
•New citizens registering to vote
•New citizens interacting with voting machines
•Meeting with Registrar of Voters Dean C. Logan and Neal Kelley
•Individuals getting assistance from local community organizations
•Interviews with new citizens and voters’ experiences receiving assistance under the Voting Rights Act
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About the Registrar of Voters:
The Registrar of Voters is responsible for conducting elections in the County of Orange, the fifth largest voting jurisdiction in the United States with 1.6 million registered voters. We are a County agency, which receives funding from the County’s General Fund and periodic reimbursement from the federal government, the State of California and local jurisdictions. Read more.