Voter's Choice Act News

California Voters Choice Act

 

July 2018 

 

New York Times – July 13, 2018

Nextdoor Is Betting a Social Network Can Still Be a Platform for Politics

“With so many users, Nextdoor sees a big market in voter registration and education. In March, it teamed up with Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, to provide voter information in five counties that adopted the California Voter’s Choice Act, which makes it easier for citizens to vote.”

Korea Times – July 12, 2018

LA voting system completely changes from 2020

“The Los Angeles County Board of Elections will change its voting system by operating a "voting center" from 2020 to increase participation in voter voting.”

Los Angeles Sentinel – July 12, 2018

VOTE CENTER SURVEY

In 2020, LA County will implement the changes proposed by the California Legislature (SB 450) and approved by the Governor in 2017, which allows counties to change from precinct based polling places to voting centers. Voters will be able to vote at any voting center in the City (or County).”

Northern California Record – July 10, 2018

Ninth Circuit upholds lower court decision denying injunction of the Voter's Choice Act

“A panel of judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the denial of a request for a preliminary injunction enjoining the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA).”

Los Angeles Times –July 10, 2018

California’s primary election saw higher turnout than recent years, but most voters still skipped it

“One key question in June’s primary was whether more voters would show up in five California counties — the first proving grounds for the most sweeping change made to state elections. Those communities were the first to enact the “California Voter’s Choice Act,” a 2016 law allowing counties to discontinue the use of neighborhood polling places and exchange them with all-mail ballots and a handful of vote centers with a variety of election services.”

Half Moon Bay Review – July 6, 2018

Clay Lambert: Improving voter choice appears to improve results

“The California Voter’s Choice Act worked. More voters took part in June elections in San Mateo County and four other jurisdictions simply because it was easier to do so.”

Half Moon Bay Review – July 5, 2018

Improving voter choice appears to improve results

“The California Voter’s Choice Act worked. More voters took part in June elections in San Mateo County and four other jurisdictions simply because it was easier to do so. If that means we have to wait awhile for final results, that is a trade-off worth making.”


June 2018 

 

Half Moon Bay Review – June 27, 2018 

Late count shows school bond passing

“Under provisions of SB450, the California Voters Choice Act, ballots could be counted if they were mailed before midnight on June 5 as long as they were received by the county by midnight on June 8.” 

Vallejo Times-Herald – June 26, 2018

Final June election results in, voter, turnout up in Solano, Napa

““We cannot tell whether our pilot status as a Voter’s Choice Act county contributed to that increase until we know what the statewide turnout was for the election,” Tuteur said. “Napa County’s engaged citizenry usually turns out 12 to 13 percent ahead of the statewide average and in the top 10 of counties with more than 50,000 registered voters.”” 

San Mateo Daily Journal – June 25, 2018

Turnout high in June election

“For Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, seeing the five counties piloting the Voter’s Choice Act -Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo counties — show turnout well above the state average was encouraging.”

Napa Valley Register – June 25, 2018

Napa's final election results make it official - Measure C lost

“Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said in a press release that the county’s turnout for the election — the first all mail-in primary ballot — was 49.22 percent. That compares to a 39.55-percent turnout for the previous gubernatorial primary election in June 2014.”

Metropolitan News Enterprise – June 25, 2018

Judge Properly Declined to Block State’s Vote-by-Mail Law

“The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs in a challenge to California’s Voter’s Choice Act, meaning that the five counties that have opted-in to an all-mailed or dropped-off ballot system will not have to set up polling places for the Nov. 6 election.”

Grass Valley Union – June 22, 2018 

Editorial: Our View: Keys to timely results

“We've now got a good sense of how the Voter's Choice Act works in our county. Let's make some tweaks to improve it before November, and educate more people about it.” 

Elk Grove Citizen – June 22, 2018 

Jones declares victory in sheriff’s race

“This June election marks the first time that the California Voter’s Choice Act was tested in Sacramento County. Voters had the new option of mailing or dropping off their ballots earlier as well as voting in polling places before Election Day. These changes reportedly caused a slowdown in the vote count.”

Sacramento News & Review: June 21, 2018

Sacramento News & Review – June 21, 2018 

Endless tally 

“With a July 5 deadline looming to certify results, the county had an estimated 4,620 ballots left to tally as of Tuesday evening, according to the county’s website. This is likely in part because the primary marked the first election since the Voter’s Choice Act went into effect, helping spur record numbers for vote-by-mail ballots in the Sacramento region.” 

Grass Valley Union – June 20, 2018 

Voter’s Choice Act update: Madera County certified its vote Tuesday; Nevada County looking to certify Thursday or Friday 

“Nevada County was one of five counties that implemented the Voter's Choice Act  ... They could mail back their completed ballot, deliver it to one of several drop-off spots or bring it to a vote center. They also could vote in person at any one of seven vote centers.” 

OC Register – June 19, 2018

Susan Shelly: California’s ballots have never been so vulnerable

“The verification of mail-in ballots is a growing challenge for election workers who are required to complete their work by a date that is set in law. And now the Voters Choice Act encourages counties to mail a ballot to every registered voter, whether they asked to vote by mail or not. A security expert might look at all of this as vulnerability.”

Associated Press – June 18, 2018

California Counties See Higher Turnout Under New Vote Model

“It's also too soon to fully assess how the new model, enacted under a 2016 law called the Voters Choice Act, affected turnout, said Mindy Romero, who studies elections and voting at the University of California, Davis.”

Grass Valley Union – June 17, 2018

George Boardman: The slow count, playing with fire and resistance to housing solutions

“But when San Mateo County, known in the past for its lightning quick counts, is struggling to count the votes, you have to wonder what's in store for California when the Voter's Choice Act is implemented statewide. (The other three counties involved in the trial—Sacramento, Napa and Madera—report similar issues.)”

San Mateo Daily Journal – June 16, 2018

Tables turn with latest vote count in razor-close superintendent race

“Irizarry said officials are still working through an influx of vote-by-mail ballots they received at ballot drop-off locations and vote centers on Election Day, shifts in the voting process elections officials planned for as they implemented the Voter’s Choice Act for the first time.”

Elk Grove Citizen – June 15, 2018

Election Briefs

“The California Voter’s Choice Act debuted in Sacramento County during this election. This new policy allowed voters to mail or drop off their ballots earlier in May. A glut of mail-in ballots reportedly caused a slowdown in the count process.”

Sacramento News & Review – June 14, 2018

The counterfactual election

“While the county boosted voter participation this primary as part of the California Voters Choice Act, a five-county pilot that mailed ballots to every registered voter, Sacramento’s messy democratic experiment has room for improvement, says a broad swath of electoral reform advocates.”

Half Moon Bay Review – June 14, 2018

Measure M school bond unlikely to pass

“This was the first election to take place under provisions of the California Voter’s Choice Act. As a result, every registered voter received a ballot by mail a month before the election to either return by mail or in person to a designated vote center.”

Woodland Daily Democrat – June 13, 2018

New mail-in voting system slows count for some counties

“After years of research, months of planning and weeks of voting, the training wheels for the Voters Choice Act flew off, and county registrars and state experts are still trying to figure out what happened.”

Grass Valley Union – June 13, 2018

Counting mail-in ballots takes time, Nevada County officials say

“Nevada County is one of five counties that implemented the Voter's Choice Act for this month's election, the first time for the pilot program.”

Sierra Star – June 12, 2018

Who will win Madera County's District 5 supervisor race? Votes are still being counted

“This year Madera County was among several counties in the state that operated elections under the California Voter’s Choice Act, which aimed to make voting easier by centralizing voting locations and encouraging voters to mail their ballots.”

KCRA – TV – June 12, 2018

Why Sacramento County is taking so long to count ballots

“The increase in the number of mail-in ballots this year is also thanks to a new pilot program that is part of the California Voters Choice Act.”

Sacramento Bee – June 11, 2018

California tried a new voting system. What we can learn from the experiment

“So is the voting boom in Sacramento County an omen of good things to come if SB 450 expands statewide? Experts say it's much too early to tell.”

Fresno Bee – June 9, 2018

Madera County District Attorney David Linn concedes in bid for re-election

“Madera was a Voter's Choice Act county, meaning all voting was by mail or in person at central locations.”

Elk Grove Citizen – June 8, 2018

Election ’18: June election roundup

“This election marked the first time that the California Voter’s Choice Act was tested out in Sacramento County.”

CALmatters – June 8, 2018

With voter turnout up statewide, five California counties find new mail-in ballot system slows count

“After years of research, months of planning and weeks of voting, the training wheels for the Voters Choice Act flew off, and county registrars and state experts are still trying to figure out what happened.”

YubaNET – June 7, 2018

1,873 voters in Nevada County voted in person at a vote center

“Nevada County participated in the pilot program for the Voters Choice Act (VCA), with mail-in ballots sent to all 68,000+ registered voters.”

Union of Grass Valley – June 7, 2018

All Voter’s Choice Act counties have uncounted ballots; Nevada County expects new vote totals on Monday

“None of the five California counties that implemented the Voter's Choice Act for the primary election have counted all their ballots, and likely won't for several days, if not weeks.”

Half Moon Bay Review – June 6, 2018

Voters brace for school bond results

“This was the first election to take place under provisions of the California Voter’s Choice Act. As a result, every registered voter received a ballot by mail a month before the election to either return by mail or in person to a designated vote center.”

NBC Bay Area – June 5, 2018

San Mateo, Napa Counties Test Voter's Choice Act           

“San Mateo and Napa counties during the California primary tested a new system aimed at dramatically reducing the number of actual polling places.”

Fresno Bee – June 6, 2018

One Madera County supervisor roars back into office. Another's in a tight race

“Madera was a Voter's Choice Act county, meaning all voting was by mail or in person at central locations.”

KXTV – June 5, 2018

Neighborhood voting centers, 'polling parties' expected to fuel Sacramento voter turnout

“Under the Voter's Choice Act, people can vote more days in more ways in Sacramento County.”

KPFA – FM – June 5, 2018

Election Day Updates: Congressional, CA State Races and Measures with Reporters and KPFA News Stories, Plus: We take listener calls on the elections

“Big changes today in how voters are casting their ballots. For one thing, this is the first election that will allow same-day voter registration. For another, some counties — including San Mateo, Napa, Madera and Sacramento — sent mail-in ballots to every single registered voter. It’s a part of a new law passed two years ago-called The California Voter’s Choice Act.”

KCRA-TV – June 4, 2018

70+ voting centers are open in Sacramento County

“’The Voter's Choice Act was approved by the legislature, signed by the governor just a couple years ago - five counties now implementing the reforms under the Voters Choice Act, Sacramento County being the largest,’ Secretary of State Alex Padilla said.”

California Common Cause – June 4, 2018

Conditional Voter Registration Expands Voting Opportunities in California

“In the 5 counties piloting the Voter’s Choice Act this year, residents can visit a Vote Center in their county to access Conditional Voter Registration and cast their ballot any day leading up to and including Election Day.”

Union of Grass Valley – June 1, 2018

Our View: There’s no excuse not to vote

“We're one of five counties trying something new this election. The Voter's Choice Act meant every registered voter was mailed a ballot.”

Sacramento Bee – June 1, 2018

If your Memorial Day weekend plans fall through, you can always get a jump start on voting

“The California Voters Choice Act is a new law that allows voters in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties to vote when it fits their schedules before June 5; however, all registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail before the election.”

KXTV – TV– June 1, 2018

Have you voted yet? Voter's Choice Act let's residents get it done sooner

“There are five counties in California that are using ‘vote by mail’ or ‘drop-off’ only this upcoming election, and Sacramento County is one of them.”

Fresno Bee – June 1, 2018

It’s no presidential primary, but could Election Day bring out more Valley voters?

“Programs like the Voters Choice Act are being rolled out for the first time, including in Madera County — one of five counties in the state to opt in the program, which aims to increase voter participation.”

Fairfield Daily Republic – June 1, 2018

Solano County elections office open Saturday

“All voters in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo counties were provided mail-in ballots as part of the Voter’s Choice Act pilot program started this year.”

 

May 2018 

 

KXJZ – FM – May 31, 2018 

Insight: Guide To Sacramento's New Voting System / Black Book Fair Returns To Oak Park / Folk Singer Jessica Malone Performs

KXJZ-FM – May 31, 2018 

A Users' Guide To Sacramento County's New Vote Centers

“Beginning with the June 5 primary election, five California counties including Sacramento will be implementing Vote Centers in place of traditional polling places.”

Union of Grass Valley – May 31, 2018

More vote centers open Saturday in Nevada County; primary election is Tuesday

“All Nevada County voters should have received ballots in the mail — a change implemented by the Voter's Choice Act.”

South San Francisco Patch – May 31, 2018

Canepa: Casting Ballot For June 5 Primary Should Not Be Confusing 

“The Voter's Choice Act ushers in increased opportunities to cast ballots, boosts the resources available to voters with disabilities and leverages technologies to allow a voter to access their own individual ballot at all 39 voting centers, Canepa said.”

Sierra Star – May 29, 2018

Madera County registered voters can cast ballots anytime through Election Day

“Madera County is the only one in the region using the Voter’s Choice Act – all registered voters received their ballot by mail for the Tuesday, June 5 election.”

KOVR – TV – May 25, 2018

Vote Centers Open 

“18 vote centers open in Sacramento county Saturday, 70 more June 2. Part of the Voter's Choice Act.” 

KOVR-TV – May 25, 2018 

What Is The Voter’s Choice Act? 

“California passed the Voter’s Choice Act in 2016 and five counties adopted the Act for the 2018 Primary Election- Sacramento, Nevada, Napa, Madera, and San Mateo.”

KXTV –TV – May 23, 2018 

Everything you need to know about voting by mail

“Sacramento County is one of five counties in California that will begin the transition to the Voter's Choice Act, where all voters in those counties will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.”

San Mateo Daily Journal – May 21, 2018

Alex Melendrez: San Mateo County leading the state for future elections

“Early voting has begun and as one of the five counties in California implementing the Voter’s Choice Act this year, along with the new Accessible Vote by Mail system, San Mateo County could be a model for the rest of the state”

Madera Tribune – May 21, 2018

Election on the horizon; deadline is June 5

“Madera County has adopted the procedures of the new California Voter’s Choice Act. This new set of election laws requires the Election Division and the County Registrar of Voters to provide its electorate with a larger number of opportunities to cast their ballots.”

KCRA – TV – May 17, 2018

Voting surge expected for California June primary election

“Neighborhood polling places are history in five California counties: Sacramento, Nevada, Napa, San Mateo and Madera.”

Elk Grove Citizen – May 16, 2018

Election ’18: Voting changes ahead in June election

“Through Assembly Bill 450 – aka the California Voter’s Choice Act – all registered voters in select counties have the opportunity to vote by mail. Voters can also visit local vote centers a few days before Election Day.”

Capitol Weekly – May 15, 2018

June 5 primary: Voters head to the mail box

“Sacramento, Madera, Napa, Nevada and San Mateo are swapping out more than 500 neighborhood polling places and replacing them with nearly 80 high-tech “vote centers” as part of the 2016 Voter’s Choice Act, which aims to improve voter participation, at least in part, by making it easier to cast ballots.”

Capitol Weekly – May 15, 2018

June 5 primary: Voters head to the mail box

Sacramento, Madera, Napa, Nevada and San Mateo are swapping out more than 500 neighborhood polling places and replacing them with nearly 80 high-tech “vote centers” as part of the 2016 Voter’s Choice Act, which aims to improve voter participation, at least in part, by making it easier to cast ballots.

Sacramento Bee – May 11, 2018

Editorial: Don't put California's elections at risk. Vote Alex Padilla for Secretary of State

Where Padilla has perhaps made his biggest impact, though, is in making it easier for Californians to actually cast a ballot. Under the newly created Voter’s Choice Act, early voting will last 10 days, there will be same-day registration at vote centers, which will replace traditional polling places, and all registered voters will automatically get a ballot in the mail.

Maplight – May 11, 2018

Voter’s Edge California Renews Key Partnerships for 2018 Election Guide

“Voters in California will head to the polls for the primary election on June 5, but many voters—especially those in the five Voter's Choice Act counties—will be able to cast their ballots much earlier. The partnerships with public media groups and community based organizations such as the California State Library, the Future of California Elections, California Voter Foundation, Disability Rights California, California HeadStart, the California PTA, California Common Cause, and local Leagues of Women Voters across the state will help Voter's Edge disseminate vital, accurate information to everyone, regardless of when they choose to vote.

La Opinion – May 11, 2018

Otra respuesta de California a Trump: repotenciar su electorado y facilitar el acceso al voto

Adicionalmente, Padilla patrocinó una nueva ley “Voters Choice Act”, que permite votar durante 10 días antes de las elecciones, registrarse el propio día de las elecciones y el establecimiento de nuevos centros electorales que permitirán votar en cualquier parte, y no sólo el precinto cercano al hogar.

San Francisco Chronicle – May 10, 2018

Hard-fought attorney general’s race highlights down-ballot California contests

Padilla, a former Los Angeles city councilman and state senator, cites his commitment to modernizing the secretary of state’s office, increasing voter registration and protecting voter rights. He sponsored the Voters Choice Act, which changes the way ballots are cast in the state, and helped persuade the Legislature to move the 2020 presidential primary to March in an effort to boost the state’s national clout.

San Mateo Daily Journal – May 8, 2018

County elections process enters a new age

“The June election will mark the first one conducted under the Voter’s Choice Act, which ushers in increased opportunities for voters to cast their ballots, bolsters the resources available to voters with disabilities and leverages technology to ensure a voter’s ballot is available at multiple locations, said Mark Church, San Mateo County’s chief elections officer.”

Truckee Sun – May 7, 2018

Greg Diaz: The future of voting is now

“The Voter's Choice Act provides for Nevada County to conduct "all-mail ballot elections", i.e., "elections in which every voter in a county is mailed a ballot" and "in lieu of polling places being open on election day, 'vote centers' and 'ballot drop-off locations' are available prior to and on election day, where voters may deliver their completed ballots”

KCRA3-Sacramento – May 7, 2018

There's a new change for Sacramento County voters

“The change comes as part of the California's Voters' Choice Act, which allows counties to switch to a vote by mail system.”

InMenlo – May 7, 2018

League of Women Voters explain Voter’s Choice Act on May 9

“This June, the way San Mateo County voters cast their ballots will change. Speakers from the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County will explain the new process.”

KRON4-TV – May 3, 2018

San Mateo County residents will receive June election ballots only in the mail

 “What sets June's election apart from those in the past is beginning next week, every registered voter in San Mateo County will be receiving their ballot in the mail, which they can then fill out at home and mail in or drop off.”

Madera Tribune – May 2, 2018 

Your vote ballot will arrive soon

“Madera is one of only five counties in California currently engaged in a new effort to auto enroll all registered voters in the existing vote by mail system, according to Rebecca Martinez, the Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar. “

San Francisco Chronicle – May 2, 2018

New voting process to make its mark in some Bay Area counties in June

The two Bay Area counties are among five in the state taking the first steps to implement the Voters Choice Act, a law passed in 2016 that will dramatically change the way Californians cast ballots. Almost every other county is expected to join them in 2020.

Napa Valley Register – May 1, 2018 

Election VIPs urge American Canyon High students to register and vote

“He also mentioned that Napa County is at the forefront of implementing the California Voter Choice Act, which calls for conducting all voting by mail or by dropping off ballots at voting centers instead of using voting booths to cast ballots.”

 

April 2018 

 

Napa Valley Register – April 29, 2018

Voting in the June election? It may cost you 

“Most people voting in Napa County’s June election will be asked to shell out 50 cents, or potentially more, for a postage stamp — a request that some community groups are protesting.”

Woodland Daily Democrat – April 26, 2018

Yolo County Clerk-Recorder candidates Salinas, Schwenger agree on voter encouragement

“Schwenger began the introductions recognizing his position as senior appraiser in the Assessor’s Office and put emphasis on implementing the Voter’s Choice Act in the next election in Yolo County 

Vallejo Times Herald – April 26, 2018

Secretary of State Padilla talks up voting and new options at American Canyon High 

“It’s part of his High School Voter Education Week tour, and American Canyon High was selected because Napa County is one of five statewide modernizing their elections with the new California Voter’s Choice Act. It’s a way principal Crystal Lopez said to make voting easier and more accessible to more people.”

Redwood City Patch – April 26, 2018

Sample Ballot, Official Voter Info Heads Out To SMC Voters

“On April 26, the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division began mailing the Sample Ballot & Voter Information Pamphlet to registered voters for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.” 

Sacramento Bee – April 26, 2018

Sacramento County is making it easier to vote. Just not for homeless people 

“When Sacramento County supervisors agreed last year to join a pilot of the Voter’s Choice Act, swapping out hundreds of polling places for dozens of new “vote centers,” they did so promising the public that it would be easier to register to vote and cast a ballot.”

Sonoma Index-Tribune – April 24, 2018

June 5 primary: Three vie for Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor and elections chief 

As head of the county registrar of voters, the new CRA chief will also oversee the implementation of a new county voting system in 2019 and navigate the waters of such fledgling get-out-the vote initiatives as the Motor Voter Act, a new state law which automatically registers people to vote when they apply for a driver’s license (including pre-registering 16-year-olds), and the Voters Choice Act, which would mail every voter a ballot, expand in-person early voting, and allow voters to cast a ballot from any voting center.

Sierra Star – April 24, 2018

County prepares for June 5 election, so should yo

Well into preparations for the June 5 Primary Election under the new Voters Choice Act (SB 450), which will streamline and simplify the voting process, Madera County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez and her staff hope the new system will increase voter turn-out.

EdSource – April 19, 2018

Voting for young people explained: a quick guide

“Another new law passed in 2016, called the “Voter’s Choice Act,” authorizes counties to do away with precinct voting systems and adopt a system that establishes dozens of vote centers throughout a county that anyone can vote at regardless of where they live in the county.”

Pacifica Patch – April 18, 2018

Secretary Of State To Visit Daly City To Talk Voter's Choice Act

“California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will co-host a public event on the changes coming to voting in San Mateo County in 2018 as the Voter's Choice Act is adopted.”

Napa Valley Register – April 17, 2018

 League of Women Voters hosting 2 Napa Valley election forums 

“The forums will educate voters about the candidates and issues in the upcoming primary election. Learn about the new Voter’s Choice Act in Napa County and meet the two candidates running for District 3’s Board of Supervisors seat: incumbent Diane Dillon and Cio Perez.”

Mercury News – April 9, 2018

Goodbye, neighborhood polling places — five California counties switch to mega-vote centers

“This election season five California counties are doing away with hundreds of neighborhood polling places and replacing them with fewer “one-stop vote centers” — an experiment sold by Democrats as a way to save money and boost anemic voter turnout from the last mid-term elections.”

The Union – April 6, 2018

Sparks fly at Nevada County district attorney forum; clerk-recorder candidates hold discussion as well

“The topic of elections dominated the clerk-recorder/registrar of voters forum, though the office also is responsible for the maintenance of records for marriages and deaths. Many questions focused on the Voter's Choice Act, a new method of voting Nevada County residents will use in the June 5 election.”

Union of Grass Valley – April 6, 2018

Our View: Take the time to become an informed voter

“When California floated the Voter's Choice Act, it offered 14 counties an opportunity to go mail-in only for this upcoming election. Nevada County decided that sounded like a good idea and we, as an editorial board, agreed.”

Redwood City Patch – April 2, 2018

Military, Overseas Voting Period Begins In SMC

“The June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election will be the first election conducted under the California Voter's Choice Act (VCA). The VCA will implement an All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center model, with every registered voter receiving a Vote-by-Mail Ballot through the mail.”

The Union – April 1, 2018

Political forums for Nevada County races set for this week; more scheduled this month

“Each forum will start at 6:45 p.m. with a 15-minute presentation on the Voter's Choice Act. The length of each forum depends on the race.”


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.


2017

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: voterschoice.sos.ca.gov. 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.

Patch.com 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.

 CAFWD.org 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.

 YubaNet.com 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.

2016

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.