Getting Involved With Voting at a Young Age


Elisha Novoa, Editor In Chief

In November,  history was made in the United States of America. We had the best voter turnout of any previous election, even during a global pandemic. The great thing about voting and working at a voting center is learning how much technology has advanced and seeing all the different types of people who come in and out of the center. Being around and helping the community vote was an experience like no other. 

Even in the middle of a global pandemic at least 161 million Americans voted in the 2020 election, the largest number of voters in a U.S. presidential election in history.  California had 16 million people vote. 

32 million Hispanic/Latinx cast their vote in this election. The Hispanic/Latinx community has “woken up” and will count to rise in voters and make sure they get the change they need. 

Working at the voting center in San Fernando, I was able to help 661 people who came to the center. Because the community is dominated by Hispanic/Latinx, I thought most of the people coming in would be Hispanic/Latinx but I was wrong. We had Whites, Blacks, Armenians, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, Indians, and Asians. Each person who came in had a different background and spoke different languages. And that’s the beauty of voting in American.

The team I worked with spoke different languages like English, Spanish, Russian, and Armenian to help most of the people that came to the center. Because I am bilingual, I helped many of the Spanish-speaking voters and the English-speaking voters. 

One couple who came in was hard of hearing. Even though none of us were able to sign, we found a way to break the language barrier and helped them vote. 

Voting is an amazing experience everyone should be able to do.  Many older voters were used to punch-card machines. In  California, we upgraded our voting technology and made it COVID safe. The ballot marking device eliminated the hole punching and switched to a printing one. I was able to help out young and old to be able to figure out this machine and vote successfully. 

The BMD is a touch screen.  This saves at least 5 -10 more minutes over the old voting system. This is a great advantage in the time of Covid 19 as you want to limit how long you are around other people. The new system allowed people to be in and out super fast. This helped keep everyone safe.

With the pandemic, fights between political parties, our nation can agree on one thing. That is VOTING. On November 3, 2020, we became one nation and voted on propositions, senators, congresswomen and congressmen, and the president for the next 4 years.