Secretary of State Weber Announces 11 New Voter Choice Act Counties – YubaNet

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. announced that 11 new counties in California have adopted the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) electoral model while two additional counties will complete their transition to the Voting Plus model. late this year.

“We are proud to announce that the number of VCA counties will nearly double from the current 15 counties to a total of 28 counties statewide by 2022,” Secretary Weber said. “As part of California’s efforts to provide eligible voters with more convenience and flexibility, VCA counties will provide more opportunities to choose how, when, and where voters vote.”

In addition to postal voting options available to all Californians, voters in VCA counties will have up to 10 days of in-person voting and the choice to vote at one of several polling places in their county.

New counties adopting the voluntary VCA model this year include Alameda, Marin, Merced, Riverside, San Benito, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Ventura and Yolo. Two additional counties are currently undergoing local review and are awaiting council approval.

Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Tuolumne have adopted the model in previous years.

“As election administration continues to evolve due to the pandemic, the transition to VCA allows us to proactively adapt to our ever-changing election environment,” said Yolo County Registrar of Electors Jesse Salinas. “The VCA model will provide even more voting opportunities for our residents.”

“Working with our community and county partners, we are excited to transition to the full voting center model and open our voter service centers for more days in more locations,” said Tricia Webber. , Santa Cruz County Registrar of Electors.

“By giving voters more days and more ways to vote, these new Voter Choice Act counties have a huge opportunity to make voting more convenient and accessible for working voters as well as community voters. historically underrepresented,” said Stephanie Doute, executive director of the California League of Women Voters. “Democracy belongs to all of us, so we commend these counties for moving forward to increase access and participation.”

More information about the Voter Choice Act can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voters-choice-act.

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