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Board Of Supervisors Adopts New Election Model

Sacramento County voters will have more options for casting Election Day ballots starting next year. 

The Board of Supervisors has adopted a new election model called "The Voters Choice Act."

Jill LaVine is Sacramento County's Registrar of Voters. She says polling places will be replaced by "vote centers." Voters will have the freedom to cast a ballot at any vote center in the county instead of being tied to a single polling location.

"You're not going to be assigned one polling place for one day anymore," says LaVine. "You can go to any polling place in the county any day you want. It also increases our drop off boxes. So everybody, under this bill, will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot."

And people can register before voting.

"Let's say 'oh you know, I forgot to update my address. I really didn't move, but it's after the close so what do I do?' Just go to any vote center, we will update your address and give you a ballot. So it's kind of like same-day voter registration," says LaVine.

Governor Brown signed "The Voters Choice Act" into law last year. Next June will be the first election with the new changes.

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Steve Milne

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