The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has formally agreed to allow registrants to serve as poll workers. As a result of this agreement, the county has removed language from the website of the Registrar of Voters as well as the poll workers application that previously stated registrants were prohibited from serving as poll workers.
“This is a significant victory for registrants in Los Angeles County,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “Any registrant who is otherwise eligible may now serve as a poll worker in that county during this year’s election and all future elections.”
ACSOL challenged the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voter’s prohibition on behalf of two registrants in a lawsuit filed on May 7, 2018, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Both parties filed Motions for Summary Judgment in the case, which could have ended the case, however, both motions were denied and a trial was expected to be held later this calendar year.
At the time this lawsuit was filed, 56 of 58 counties in California allowed registrants to serve as poll workers. The only two counties that prohibited registrants to serve as poll workers were Los Angeles and Orange. During the Los Angeles County lawsuit, the Orange County Registrar of Voters reversed its policy and now allows registrants to serve as poll workers.
The agreement between Los Angeles County and ACSOL was reached in August 2020 and includes payment by the County of legal fees and related costs.