Registrar of Voters office
For Immediate Release

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters announces third virtual public consultation meeting on draft Election Administration Plan for transitioning to new election model

Improving accessibility for voters with disabilities and voters with limited English proficiency

Santa Rosa, CA  –  May 18, 2021  –  The Sonoma County 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. 

Input on the plan is particularly sought from representatives of the disability and non-English speaking communities, as well as organizations and individuals that advocate on behalf of, or provide services to, individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency. The meeting specifics are listed below:

Date: May 28, 2021
Time:1 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Virtual (via Zoom)
Directions: On any web browser, go to the following link and click the “Launch Meeting” button:  
https://‌sonomacounty.zoom.us/j/94345865184?pwd=‌YS91cjRrVFBGQmRpTnVzclE1VXBJZz09

Background

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 November 2, 2021, Uniform District Election. Named after the law on which it is based, the Voter’s Choice Act election model requires a county’s registrar of voters office to mail all active, registered voters a ballot.

Voters who wish to vote in person can still do so at so-called 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 voters registered in the county can vote 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 cast their vote with 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 and make it more friendly and accessible to all, with a particular emphasis on voters with disabilities and 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 rov-info@sonoma-county.org, or visit the Registrar of Voters Office in person at 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa. The office is open regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, excluding holidays). Anyone visiting the office should plan on wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing.

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Contact Information

Wendy Hudson

Chief Deputy Registrar

Registrar of Voters Office

County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor

Addresses

Registrar of Voters

435 Fiscal Drive

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.4657357, -122.7251823

Mailing Address

Mailing Address
PO Box 11485
Santa Rosa, CA 95406-1485