Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine on Oct. 10 presented details about how county voters will vote next year. She gave the details to the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club. LaVine’s speech was an educational presentation related to Senate Bill 450 – aka the California Voters Choice Act – which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 28. Through that bill, beginning in 2018, ballots will be sent to every registered voter. LaVine noted that voter registration will automatically occur through any interaction one has with the Department of Motor Vehicles. But she added that those who do not specify a political party preference will be defaulted to the category of “no party preference.” Voters will also be introduced to vote centers, LaVine said.
“How many times have you said, ‘I wonder where my polling place is?’ And you get to one and you say, ‘Oh, my goodness, I should have been at this one and now I have to drive to the next one.’ No more. That will never happen to you anymore, because it won’t matter which vote center you go to. They’re all for you.”
Vote centers will be open 10 days prior to each election.
LaVine added that 29 days before each election, voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. “You don’t have to request (a ballot),” she said. “There’s no more thing such as a permanent vote-by-mail voter. Everybody gets a ballot. And they have found that if you have a ballot in your hand, you’re more likely to vote.”