FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2016
Sam Mahood (916) 653-6575
VoteCal Now Deployed in 46 of California’s 58 Counties
Nearly 80% of California counties have deployed new voter registration database
SACRAMENTO – Forty six California counties have now successfully deployed VoteCal, the voter registration database that will ultimately serve the entire state. VoteCal will replace the existing 58 county voter registration databases throughout the state.
Contra Costa, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Santa Clara, Tuolumne, and Ventura counties all deployed VoteCal yesterday.
“With only 10 counties left to deploy VoteCal, we are approaching the finish line,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said.
“Successfully deploying VoteCal is a major step in modernizing California elections. VoteCal will enhance the election experience by allowing citizens to easily check the status of their voter registration and the status of their ballot. VoteCal will be a crucial component of future elections, helping county officials maintain accurate voter rolls and enabling Election Day voter registration,” Padilla added.
VoteCal will have many functions that will improve service to the voters of California by:
- Providing a publicly available website which will allow voters to register online, check the status of their ballot, and find their polling place.
- Connecting all 58 county elections offices to the Secretary of State’s database to improve the voter registration process.
- Giving voters the ability to see if their vote-by-mail or provisional ballot was counted by their county elections official and, if it was not, why not.
- Providing a single, official statewide database of voter registration information.
The remaining 12 counties are scheduled to adopt VoteCal by March 14, 2016. After VoteCal is deployed in all counties and the Secretary of State has validated that VoteCal is working properly, VoteCal will be declared the official system of record for voter registration in California. This is expected to occur in June 2016.