Voter's Choice Act News

California Voters Choice Act


March 2018 

50 States of Blue – March 8, 2019

Bending Toward Justice: California to stop invalidating votes without notice

“The homepage of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s website touts the California Voter’s Choice Act, a law passed in 2016 to reduce barriers to voting by mailing a ballot to every registered voter 28 days prior to an election.”

The Union – March 6, 2018

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Diaz to speak at statewide conference

“How Nevada County is implementing the new California Voters Choice Act will be discussed at a statewide conference on California's Elections on Thursday in Los Angeles.”


The Union – March 1, 2018


Gregory J. Diaz announces run for Nevada County clerk-recorder/registrar of voters


“Gregory J. Diaz, Nevada County clerk-recorder/registrar of voters, announced Thursday that he'll run for re-election.”


The Korea Daily – March 1, 2018


Sacramento Regional Voter Workshop


“In the run-up to the June preliminary California election, voter registration and workshops in the Sacramento area are scheduled for March.”

February 2018

Vallejo Times Herald – February 26, 2018

Napa County to test new statewide voting approach, offers helpful workshops in advance

“Voting will be different in Napa County this year, since it’s a test area for 2016 Voter’s Choice Act, Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said. The Napa County Election Division in cooperation with its community partners is hosting six Voter’s Choice Act workshops throughout the County, so voters here can learn about the changes, he said.”

The Union – February 22, 2018

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder says elections are safe from Russian hacking

“Diaz said Nevada County is one of five California counties that have qualified for a new, augmented voting system, called Voters' Choice Act, that will make it easier for citizens to register and vote, while security to safeguard who votes and how the vote is counted remain in place.”

Dana Point Times – February 22, 2018

City Council Votes to Move Forward Toward Districting

“Munoz explained that Dana Point would be able to maintain “safe-harbor” status due to an Elections Code amendment made by California Legislature in 2016 that states a city is given 45 days from reception to respond to a demand letter, after which the potential plaintiff is prohibited from filing a California Voter’s Choice Act action for an additional 90-day period.”

Madera Tribune – February 19, 2018

Elections dept. seeking vote center workers

“Madera County is implementing the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA). A critical element of the VCA is the introduction of Vote Centers, which will function like satellite election offices where voters can get election information in multiple languages, use accessible voting equipment, drop off a vote-by-mail ballot or get a replacement ballot.”

Truckee Sun – February 16, 2018

Nevada County supervisors approve Voter’s Choice Act

“The board voted 4-1 to approve $258,000 for the Voter's Choice Act. The money, on top of some $600,000 already allocated for the election, will eliminate polling precincts and replace them with a smaller amount of voting centers that will remain open longer. It also will send a vote-by-mail ballot to every registered voter.”

Desert Sun – February 14, 2018

Riverside County should embrace Voter's Choice Act's benefits

“California is embarking on a new path when it comes to improving our democracy, with five counties this year holding their elections under the Voter’s Choice Act system. This effort, which is codified under a 2016 law, will reap big benefits as it becomes widespread and should be implemented as soon as possible in our area.”

UCR Today – February 14, 2018

School of Public Policy Students Meet With California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

“In addition, his office sponsored the state’s Voter’s Choice Act, a law passed in 2016 to give Californians more flexibility in how they vote. Under this new framework, voters will receive their official ballots in the mail a month before the election. Counties will debut designated ballot boxes where voters can drop their ballots off far in advance of election day — without needing stamps.”

The Union – February 13. 2018

Nevada County supervisors approve Voter’s Choice Act, ushering in new way to vote

“Nevada County this June will implement a sea-change in how it votes after a Tuesday decision by the Board of Supervisors. The board voted 4-1 to approve $258,000 for the Voter's Choice Act. The money, on top of some $600,000 already allocated for the election, will eliminate polling precincts and replace them with a smaller amount of voting centers that will remain open longer”

Napa Register – February 3, 2018

Napa County readying to pioneer new state election approach

“Napa County is one of only five counties rolling out California 2016 Voter’s Choice Act for the June 5 election, meaning all voters will receive their ballots by mail.”

Fresno Bee – February 02, 2018

Voting will be easier soon for international Valley voters

“This year many Californians have reason to rejoice, especially Sikh, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, Filipino and Hmong-Americans.”

The Union – February 2, 2018

Our View: A voting solution for June 5 election, for now

“Plenty of curve balls were thrown at last week's Board of Supervisors meeting. As Nevada County's registrar of voters, Greg Diaz had a hard task — convince four out of five supervisors to approve about $300,000 for a new voting initiative intended for the June 5 election.”

La Prensa - San Diego – February 1, 2018

Alex Padilla: Defending and Expanding Voting Rights

“Responsible for leading an agency that oversees programs that affect voters, business owners, and residents in the state, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is adamant about defending and expanding voting rights.”

San Diego Tribune – February 1, 2018

Alex Padilla: California will soon make voting easier. Here's how

“The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board met with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla this week to discuss voting and election issues. This is an edited transcript of the interview.”

National Iranian American Council – February 1, 2018

NIAC Begins Voter Education Campaign in Northern California Counties

“The Iranian-American community is grossly underrepresented in politics. But we can easily change this by registering and turning out to vote in large numbers and making sure our community is as visible as possible during the upcoming election season. That is why I am excited to announce that NIAC will be supporting California’s Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) in Northern California as the first of several major efforts we will be undertaking in 2018 to ensure Iranian Americans have a major impact at the polls in the upcoming elections.”


January 2018

The Union – January 30, 2018

Nevada County supervisors to examine $258K increase for June 5 election

“Nevada County's budget subcommittee intends to recommend the Board of Supervisors approve $258,000 in additional funds for the June 5 election — a change that, if approved, would send a vote-by-mail ballot to every registered county voter.”

SF GATE – January 25, 2018

Napa Co.; Registrar Of Voters Lists Options For Fire-Displaced Voters To Receive Ballots

“Napa County voters who lost their homes in the October wildfires have several ways to make sure they receive vote-by-mail ballots for the June 5 primary election, Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said.”

The Union – January 23, 2018

Nevada County supervisors oppose $300K for new voting method; issue punted to budget subcommittee

“The future of an all vote-by-mail Nevada County is in limbo after the Board of Supervisors balked at some $300,000 in funding for the program Tuesday”

The Union – January 19, 2018

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to speak to Nevada County Board of Supervisors

 “The chairman of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors said he expects his panel will have questions about a new voting initiative when California Secretary of State Alex Padilla delivers a presentation to the board this Tuesday.”

Sacramento Bee - January 12, 2018

Some real fixes to safeguard California voters

A lot of attention is focused on making sure our voting systems are safe from Russian interference, and for good reason. We can never allow a repeat of the meddling that marred the 2016 presidential election and continues to consume Washington politics.

Redwood City Patch - January 4, 2018

New Voting Model Coming to SMC, County Seeks Input

Chief Elections Officer Mark Church today released San Mateo County's California Voter's Choice Act Draft Election Administration Plan (EAP). The Draft EAP outlines the steps the County will follow in implementing the provisions of the California Voter's Choice Act for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.


Secretary of State Press Releases

AP17:112 12/14/17 Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces New Website for Counties Participating in the Voter’s Choice Act

SACRAMENTO – Big improvements are coming to elections in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties in 2018 thanks to the California Voter's Choice Act. To help prepare voters in those counties for these changes, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced a new website: The Voter’s Choice Act (SB 450) is a landmark election reform measure that was sponsored by Secretary Padilla and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016. Click here to see a Voter's Choice Act

Sierra Star - December 13, 2017

New county voting system will expand services

Madera County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez has seen a lot over her 44-year career with the county, but nothing has excited her more than improvements that will “modernize the voting experience” by implementing the Voters Choice Act of 2016.

Sierra News Online November 29, 2017

Big Changes in Store for Voters in Madera County Elections

Beginning with the June 5 election, voters in Madera County will be able to vote in person for nearly two weeks ahead of the election, and every registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail.Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar Rebecca Martinez says she hopes everyone will be excited about the improvements to the voting process. “I am devoting all my time to making sure this is successful and will be well-received,” says Martinez."

Sacramento Bee October 9, 2017 

California is making it easier than ever to vote

Texas lawmakers in 2011 approved a law that counted handgun licenses, but not student ID cards, as acceptable forms of identification to vote.

89.3 KPCC September 22, 2017

Challenges mount as rollout of new California voting overhaul nears

Think back a decade: what did your cell phone look like? Now imagine carrying out your normal routine today with that old phone.  That scenario sums up the problem facing California’s aging voting system.

New Times SLO September 28, 2017 

San Luis Obispo 'not ready' for new election model in 2018, county says       

Despite being on a short list of counties allowed to immediately implement a new state election model geared toward mail-in voting, San Luis Obispo County has decided it will stick with the status quo for the 2018 elections, citing technical and logistical challenges. September 14, 2017

New Election Model Coming To San Mateo County

From the San Mateo County Board: The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved and authorized yesterday a new elections model proposed under Senate Bill 450, also known as the California Voter's Choice Act.

The Daily Journal September 14, 2017 

Board of Supervisors approve new election model 

A new elections model proposed under the California Voter’s Choice Act that would replace traditional polling places with vote centers was approved and authorized by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, according to the Elections Office.

89.3 KPCC August 29, 2017

Voters don't like California's move to voting centers in place of polling places

A new study finds that a majority of voters surveyed don't support a move to consolidate locations where people can cast ballots, a cornerstone of an elections overhaul law rolling out starting next year in California.

San Francisco Chronicle July 17, 2017 

Partisan rift opens over vote-by-mail law

A dramatic change planned for California elections next year is morphing into a partisan battle over how the state’s ballots should be cast.

Secretary of State Press Releases 

AP17:041 06/22/17 California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Calls on Orange County Board of Supervisors to Reconsider Voter’s Choice Act

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla sent a letter to the Orange County Board of Supervisors requesting that they reconsider their decision to reject the reforms contained in the California Voter’s Choice Act. Sacramento and Nevada Counties have already adopted the Voter’s Choice Act. 

Secretary of State Press Releases

AP17:037 06/06/17 Sacramento County Adopts Major Election Reforms Enabled by the Voters Choice Act

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors today voted to adopt the election model created by the Voters Choice Act. Beginning in 2018, all registered voters in Sacramento County will automatically be sent a ballot 28 days prior to Election Day. Voters will be able to return their ballot by mail, take it to a drop-off location, or cast it in-person at any vote center in the county. March 10, 2017

California election leaders stay focused on reform in politically charged era

As election officials and reformers gathered for an annual event in Los Angeles, the goal of upgrading California's elections took on special significance this year in the face of a crisis of confidence in democracy itself. February 28, 2017 

New Nevada County Vote Centers: Easier to Vote, and Reducing the Costs of Elections

Nevada County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters "Starting with elections in 2018, Nevada County voters will find it easier to cast a ballot, thanks to the new California Voter’s Choice Act, SB450. "

San Diego Union-Tribune February, 7 2017 

Q&A with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board met with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla last week to discuss voting and other election issues. Here is an edited transcript of the interview.


La Opinion December 15, 2016 

Alex Padilla: “California es un modelo para el resto del país” 

El Secretario de Estado Alex Padilla visitó el miércoles las oficinas de La Opinión y durante la entrevista, el funcionario hizo un balance de sus dos años en el cargo y también se refirió a los recientes resultados electorales.

Comstocks Magazine November 9, 2016 

A Day in the Life of a Neighborhood Precinct

Logan Leonhardt walked up to the check-in table at Poll A in Sierra 2 Center and the 4-year-old turned in his purple “ballot” to neighbor and poll worker Eric Johnson. His mother, Krystin, quickly snapped a photo of Logan’s first unofficial vote, which remained on display for the rest of the day.

Sacramento Bee September 29, 2016/strong> 

Voters in Sacramento, other counties to cast ballots in 'centers’ instead of neighborhood in 2018           

Gov. Jerry Brown, clearing the way for Sacramento and several other counties to hold all-mail elections in two years, signed legislation Thursday that allows for the consolidation of neighborhood polling places into new vote centers.

 California Newswire September 29, 2016 

Calif. Gov. Brown Continues Busy Week: Vetoes Bills and Signs New Laws Sept. 29, 2016

Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed various assembly bills and senate bills, including AB 1639 by Assembly member Brian Maienschein.

Secretary of State Press Releases 

AP16:131 09/29/16 Governor Brown Signs Landmark Election Reform Bill

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 450 which will modernize California elections. SB 450, sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, was jointly authored by Senators Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). 

UC Davis September 15, 2016

African American Voters Express Concerns About Possible Vote Centers in California

The California Legislature recently sent a package of election reforms known as SB 450, or the Vote Center Model, to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration. This legislation, based on a model recently implemented in Colorado, aims to increase voter turnout in California while also reducing the cost of running elections. New research released today by the California Civic Engagement Project at the University of California, Davis, Center for Regional Change finds that African American voters in California have many concerns about this significant change to the state’s election system. The findings suggest that it will be necessary for state election officials to offer extensive outreach and communication in order to make this new model accessible and welcoming, and to overcome the deeply held concerns expressed by African American voters regarding vote centers.

Secretary of State Press Releases 

AP16:115 08/29/16 California Legislature Sends Landmark Election Reform Bill To Governor Brown

SACRAMENTO – Legislation that would provide Californians more options for when, where, and how they cast a ballot won final legislative approval today in the State Senate. SB 450, sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, was jointly authored by Senators Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). The legislation now heads to Governor Brown for his consideration. 

Los Angeles Times August 25, 2016 

"Una posible reforma al sistema electoral cambiaría radicalmente las votaciones en California”

Una legislación de gran alcance en el Congreso estatal podría hacer que el futuro de las elecciones de California dependa de una importante ampliación del voto por correo, lo cual daría a las autoridades locales el poder de cerrar miles de sitios de votación en los vecindarios.

Los Angeles Times August 23, 2016

Voting will never be quite the same in California if lawmakers pass reforms

Sweeping legislation at the state Capitol would make the future of California elections dependent on a major expansion of absentee ballots, one that would give local officials the power to close thousands of neighborhood polling places.

Secretary of State Press Releases

AP16:085  06/29/16 Bill to Modernize Elections Clears Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO – A bill to create a new elections model that provides Californians greater options for when, where, and how to cast a ballot was approved by the State Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee today. 

SB 450 is sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla and authored by Senators Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys). The legislation now heads to the State Assembly Appropriations Committee.