For Immediate Release
October 9, 2018
SOS Press Office
SACRAMENTO – Ballot dropboxes 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 will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Voters will 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, ballot dropboxes offer yet another way for California voters to return their vote-by-mail ballot,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “It may be easier for a voter to return their ballot closer to where they work or pick up their kids. Dropboxes provide an opportunity for all voters to return their ballots where it makes most sense for them and at their own convenience.”
Dropboxes are secure locations where California voters can deliver their completed ballots from the time they receive them by mail up to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Counties implementing the Voter’s Choice Act must open a minimum of one dropbox location for every 15,000 registered voters. Voters can look-up ballot dropbox and vote center locations using the map lookup tool at VotersChoice.sos.ca.gov.
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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.