Local Government

Sacramento County Acquires New Voting Technology

Beginning with the June 2018 Primary Election, Sacramento County will be one of five counties in California to implement the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA).  Voters will notice many positive changes this year, including new voting technology.
After a comprehensive selection process, the Sacramento County Department of Voter Registration and Elections (VRE) has chosen Dominion Voting Systems as a voting system vendor. Dominion Voting System will support Sacramento County’s paper balloting method and bring new, easy-to-use, accessible voting devices.
“This is one of the most exciting aspects of our new voting system,” said Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, Jill LaVine. “As the first election under the new Vote Center Model, these new touchscreen devices will help enhance and modernize the voting process and improve voter experience for voters with disabilities.”
With the passage of the VCA, all registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail, and Vote Centerswill be offered in place of traditional polling places. Vote Centers will be located throughout Sacramento County, offering voters more flexibility and additional opportunities to participate in the election process. Vote Centers are open to all voters, giving individuals the power to choose when, where and how they want to vote. Each Vote Center will feature three accessible ballot marking tablets providing voters with disabilities a convenient, accessible and secure voting experience.
Beginning 29 days before each election, all voters will automatically be mailed a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot.  Once receiving a VBM ballot, voters can make their selections and return the ballot in the envelope provided, either by mail or by dropping it off at any of the County’s drop-boxes or 78 Vote Centers. A list of all drop boxes and Vote Center locations will be provided with the voter’s VBM ballot as well as in the official County Voter Information Guide.
For additional information about the June 2018 Primary Election, the VCA and to learn more about how voting is changing in Sacramento County, visit the Department of Voter Registration and Elections website.

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