Santa Rosa, CA – May 17, 2021 – Sonoma County’s Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, Deva Marie Proto, announced today that the Registrar of Voters Office will be holding a public consultation meeting via Zoom about the County’s draft Election Administration Plan for transitioning to the Voter’s Choice Act election model.
This meeting is open to anyone, but input is particularly sought from representatives, advocates, and other stakeholders representing the county’s non-English-speaking communities. The meeting specifics are listed below:
On March 16, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved transitioning Sonoma County from a traditional polling place election model to the Voter’s Choice Act election model. The full changeover will not occur until after the Nov. 2, 2021, Uniform District Election. Named after the law on which it is based, the Voter’s Choice Act election model requires county registrar of voters offices to mail all active, registered voters a ballot.
Voters who wish to vote in person can still do so at vote centers. Vote centers are similar to polling places except: (1) there are typically fewer of them; and (2) they provide greater flexibility to voters because they are open multiple days and any voter registered in the county can cast a <a>vote with a regular ballot at any vote center. In contrast, polling places are usually only open on Election Day itself and are voter-specific, meaning that if a voter goes to a polling place other than the one that is assigned to them, they will have to vote a provisional ballot.
The main purpose of the meeting is to solicit and receive feedback on the draft Election Administration Plan and ways the Registrar of Voters Office can improve the voter experience to make it more friendly and accessible to all, with a particular emphasis on voters with limited English proficiency. This may include discussing topics such as the placement of potential vote centers, strategies for reaching out to underserved communities, etc. The meeting will also serve to begin educating the public about the Voter’s Choice Act election model and how it differs from the traditional polling place election model.
For more information about this meeting and Sonoma County’s transition to the Voter’s Choice Act election model, please call (707) 565-6800, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Registrar of Voters Office in person at 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa. The office is open regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays). Anyone visiting the office should plan on wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing.