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For Immediate Release
November 3, 2018
SOS Press Office
(916) 653-6575

Secretary of State Alex Padilla Announces Opening of All Vote Centers in Voter’s Choice Act Counties

SACRAMENTO – All vote centers are opening today in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties—the five counties that have adopted the Voter’s Choice Act for the November 6, 2018 General Election. In these five counties, every voter automatically receives a vote-by-mail ballot. Voters have the option of returning their ballots at a dropbox, by mail, or at any vote center in their county.

“In counties that have implemented the Voter’s Choice Act, vote centers offer an even more convenient option for California voters to cast their ballot,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “It may be easier for a voter to visit a vote center closer to where they work or where their kids go to school. Vote centers provide an opportunity for all voters to cast their vote where and when it’s most convenient for them.”

Vote centers are central locations where California voters can:

  • Vote in-person
  • Drop off their ballot
  • Get a replacement ballot
  • Vote using an accessible voting machine
  • Get help and voting material in multiple languages
  • Register to vote or update their voter registration

Counties implementing the Voter’s Choice Act must open a minimum of one vote center for every 10,000 registered voters. Voters can look-up ballot dropbox and vote center locations using the map lookup tool at

Click here for more information on the Voter’s Choice Act

Click here to view the Secretary of State’s PSA on the Voter’s Choice Act

Click here for tips on how to vote by mail

The Voter’s Choice Act (SB 450), a landmark election reform measure, was sponsored by Secretary Padilla and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016 and was first implemented in the June 5, 2018 Primary Election.


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