March 7 Polling Place Study

For over a decade, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles has conducted election studies. In many elections researchers study how people vote, but this semester the research is taking a unique approach.

Before voters cast their ballots, their experiences can be skewed by their perception of the quality of their polling places. In March, LMU students will have the opportunity to conduct a Polling Place Quality Assessment for hundreds of polling places in the city of LA during its municipal election.

Each pair of students will visit 20 randomly selected polling places on Election Day to document, understand, and analyze the disparities in polling places across this diverse city.

By participating, students will:

  • gain valuable research experience to add to their resume
  • contribute to the civic narrative of Los Angeles
  • engage with members of their local community

To participate in this event, please complete the following steps:

1. Register at the following link:
StudyLA Polling Place Study Registration

2. Sign, initial, and submit the following liability waiver to University Hall 4119:
StudyLA Polling Place Study Liability Waiver

3. Complete CITI Human Subjects Training using the following guide:
StudyLA Human Subjects Training Guide

4. Join our Slack Team for team communications:
StudyLA Slack Team Registration 

For more information, please contact:

Alejandra Alarcon

Research Coordinator
Center for the Study of Los Angeles
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive, Suite 4119
Los Angeles, CA 90045
t: 310.338.4565
alejandra.alarcon@lmu.edu | @LMUstudyLA

Polling Place Quality Assessment