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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                 Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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May 27, 2018                                      EPA Today Facebook page Follow epatoday on Twitter EPA Today Blog Icon

 

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East Palo Alto voters will face some big changes in the upcoming June 5 election.
   San Mateo County has moved to an all-mail ballot voting system in this election. So, voters can forget about running to their nearest polling place to cast their ballots on election day.
   They now have the option to vote by mail, drop off their ballot at any secure drop box, without paying any postage, and to vote on weekends, at any vote center before June 5. City residents can now vote from May 26 at their voting center up to election day; register to vote and vote on the same day, vote with an accessible voting machine and get help and voting materials in multiple languages.
  How did this big change in voting come about? In the 2016 election, California voters enacted the California Voter’s Choice Act, which was enacted into law by the California State Legislature in 2017 “to make voting more convenient and accessible.”
     According to the VCA Fact Sheet, which you can see at http://www.futureofcaelections.org/wp-content/uploads/VCA-Fact-Sheet.pdf, under the new law:
You choose HOW you vote: Whether using the mail, a drop box or a vote center [and] you choose the method that works best for you.

You choose WHEN you vote: Instead of just one day to vote, you can vote in person during an 11-day period — including weekends — ending on Election Day.
You choose WHERE you vote: You can vote in person at any Vote Center in your county.
You get the SUPPORT you need: Vote Center staff will be there to help you have a great voting experience, including providing assistance in multiple languages and helping voters with disabilities.

     In discussing the county’s new voting system, Mark Church, San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, said, “The June 5 Election is the first All-Mailed Ballot/Vote Center Election under the California Voter’s Choice Act…I’m pleased to say that San Mateo County is one of just five counties in the State to offer voters these voting options under the new law.”
     As of September 2017, the other counties offering their residents the new voting options are Madera, NAPA, Nevada and Sacramento.
   Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, spoke before the East Palo Alto City Council to explain the new voting system at the council’s regular council meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. For more information about California’s Voter’s Choice Act, see Irizarry on the Talking with Henrietta show, which will be shown on Comcast Channel 30 and the Media Center’s website from May 27 – June 9, 2018.
    It might come as a surprise for voters to know that they can vote this Memorial Day Weekend at five new vote centers that will open on Saturday, May 26 in located in Daly City, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, San Bruno and San Mateo.

Four Vote Centers opened on May 7.

The Vote Centers for the Statewide Direct Primary Election currently open are located at:
• Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
• Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, 555 County Center, First Floor, Redwood City
• South San Francisco Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco
• Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA, City Room, 555 Bell Street, East Palo Alto 

Vote Centers opening on May 26 are located at:
Vote Centers for the Statewide Direct Primary Election currently open are located at:
• Registration & Elections Division, 40 Tower Road, San Mateo
• Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, 555 County Center, First Floor, Redwood City
• South San Francisco Main Library, 840 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco
• Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA, City Room, 555 Bell Street, East Palo Alto 

Vote Centers opening on May 26 are located at:
• Daly City City Hall, 333 90th Street, Daly City
• Half Moon Bay Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay
• North Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
• Skyline College, Building 1, Gallery, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno
• Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club, 200 N. Quebec Street, San Mateo

Hours of operation for the nine Vote Centers are as follows:
• Saturday, May 26, 2018 through Monday, June 4, 2018
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily including Memorial Day)
• Tuesday, June 5 (Election Day)
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thirty additional Vote Centers will open on June 2, bringing the total to 39 Vote Centers available through Election Day.

The county is inviting residents to become involved in recommending future places for vote centers and drop boxes to be located, to sign up for updates and to join the effort to help prepare and educate voters. All interested are asked to email VCC@futureofcaelections.org