Vote Center Siting Tool for the California Voter's Choice Act
Vote Center Siting Tool
Developed by the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), this new mapping tool is designed to provide assistance to California county election offices seeking to implement the Voter's Choice Act in the June and November 2018 elections. The Vote Center Siting Tool was initially released in February 2018 and updated in September 2018 to reflect the latest census data and an adjustment to our model methodology. The goal of this tool is to help election officials identify optimal sites for potential Vote Center and Vote-by-Mail drop boxes. The tool uses a facility allocation model that incorporates the siting criteria included in the California Voter's Choice Act. The resulting interactive web maps are intended to supplement what election officials and stakeholders already know about their counties' profiles and needs.
What is the Voter's Choice Act?
In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 450 which allows counties to chose to adopt a new voting system. Known as the Voter's Choice Act (VCA), this new model enables counties to mail every registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot which the voter can mail in, drop off at a secure ballot box, or drop off at a newly established Vote Center. At Vote Centers, voters can cast their ballots in person, drop off their vote-by-mail ballots, access same-day voter registration, receive replacement ballots, and access additional services. Of California’s 58 counties, 14 counties were eligible to opt in during the 2018 election, while the remaining counties are eligible to adopt the model in 2020. The following counties have adopted the VCA for the 2018 election cycle: Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo
The Vote Center Siting Tool is now live!