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How to Vote in Sacramento County

Implementing the Voters Choice Act in Sacramento County

The 2018 Primary Election Begins May 7th When Ballots Are Mailed to All Voters

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors has approved the County’s participation in the Voter’s Choice Act to replace the current voting system. Voters will see many changes for the upcoming elections in 2018 as polling places are replaced by Regional Voting Centers and vote-by-mail ballots.

The Voter’s Choice Act is a result of SB 450, state legislation passed in 2016 with the support of Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The bill established pilot programs in 14 counties, including Sacramento, with full statewide implementation to take place in 2020.

While there are still rules and regulations to be determined, the County of Sacramento will implement this new voting model as follows:

Regional Vote Centers to replace neighborhood polling places

        • At least 16 Vote Center sites open 10 days prior to Election Day
        • At least 62 additional sites open 3 days prior to Election Day for a minimum of 8 hours
        • Centers open from 7am – 8pm on Election Day
        • Voters have total of 11 days to vote at any Center
        • Voters may update their registration or register to vote same day at any Center
        • Voters may access replacement or provisional ballots at any Center
        • Mobile Vote Centers will not be allowed in 2018 due to a recent Board of Supervisors decision
        • Voting machines will be available for voters with disabilities
        • Center locations will be near public transportation routes where possible
        • Election officials on-site will have access to voter registration data (name, address, date of birth, language preference, party preference, precinct, ballot status)
        • Election materials available in all languages required in that jurisdiction

Ballot Drop Boxes

        • At least 52 drop off sites available 28 days before the election
        • These sites are in addition to Vote Centers

Vote-By-Mail Ballots

        • Voters automatically receive VBM ballots 28 days before the election
        • Ballots returned in envelope provided by mail or by dropping off at any County drop-box or Vote Center
        • Voters may call into County Elections to confirm their ballot has been processed

County elections officials have established a language accessibility advisory committee to address the needs of language minority communities, and a voting accessibility to address the needs of voters with disabilities. Meetings are open to the public.

Learn more on the Sacramento County Elections Office Website.