The Los Angeles Bureau of Streets Services has started installing 123 Vote by Mail drop boxes around the city for the 2020 general election.

The bureau, also called StreetsLA, is assisting the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk with the ballot box installations, which are intended to give people a safe and easy option to vote amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“StreetsLA is proud to assist on this important civic initiative, and I thank the staff who are working quickly to get these … convenient mail drop boxes installed and in place for the election,” StreetsLA Executive Director and General Manager Adel Hagekhalil said.

StreetsLA will install 72 drop boxes outside city libraries, The other 51 will be installed either outside or on Recreation and Parks facilities and properties.

“Nothing should keep Angelenos from casting their ballot, because our democracy is stronger when more people engage in our political process,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “It’s our responsibility to make voting as simple, easy and accessible as possible, and these new ballot boxes will place the power of participation in the heart of local communities, preserving and promoting every Angeleno’s democratic rights.”

The installations began last weekend and are scheduled to be completed by Sept. 20. All Vote by Mail drop boxes throughout the city and county will be available to voters beginning Oct. 5, the same day the county begins mailing ballots to voters.

The Board of Public Works Commission voted last Friday to authorize and move forward with the ballot box installations.

“Public Works is very excited to collaborate with the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder, along with our fellow city departments to expand and maximize vote-by-mail access across Los Angeles,” Board of Public Works President Greg Good said. “Voting should be easy, and providing Angelenos additional and convenient options to send in their ballot is something we relish being a part of.”

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