As we edge closer to the March California primary, Sacramento County opened 18 vote centers Saturday.
You can find a full list of Sacramento County vote centers and dropbox locations on the county's website. The county also has a Sac Vote app that will show you the nearest vote center or dropbox.
The vote centers allow people to turn in their mail-in ballots, but also provide services such as in-person voter registration. The vote centers replace traditional polling places under the Voters Choice Act, a system Sacramento first used during the 2018 elections.
"For people who missed the registration deadline, they can go register in person and cast their ballot, said Janna Haynes, spokeswoman for Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections. "For people who need to change registration information or who may have failed to request a party-specific ballot they can go do that.”
The vote center can also be used to do exactly what their name says: vote.
“(Some) people still just like to cast their vote in person," Haynes said.
Four people will staff each center.
“We hire hundreds of temp staff just for the election cycle who have been through 20 hours plus of training on how to work these vote centers, how to use the equipment, how to communicate with voters and handle any situations that may come up,” Haynes said.
The county will open 66 additional vote centers Saturday, Feb. 29, which will be open through Tuesday, March 3.
Until the Monday before the election, the centers will open at either 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. depending on the site. All will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated what day of the week Feb. 29 is. It has been updated.
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