Vote Center Siting Tool

Developed by the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), this new mapping tool is designed to provide assistance to California county election offices seeking to implement the Voter's Choice Act in the June and November 2018 elections. The goal of this tool is to help election officials identify optimal sites for potential Vote Center and Vote-by-Mail drop boxes. The tool uses a facility allocation model that incorporates the siting criteria included in the California Voter's Choice Act. The resulting interactive web maps are intended to supplement what election officials and stakeholders already know about their counties' profiles and needs. The Vote Center Siting Tool was made available at the end of February 2018. Some counties adopting the Voter’s Choice Act may have already made their vote center and drop box siting choices for the June 2018 election.

The Vote Center Siting Tool was updated in September 2018 to reflect the latest census data and an adjustment to our model methodology.

County Selection

Go to the map, or to the link below, and click on a county. This will take you to the interactive web-based tool for the county you have selected. The five counties available here have all chosen to implement the Voter's Choice Act in time for the 2018 election cycle.

Currently Participating Counties

What is the Voter's Choice Act?

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 450 which allows counties to chose to adopt a new voting system. Known as the Voter's Choice Act, this new model enables counties to mail every registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot which the voter can mail in, drop off at a secure ballot box, or drop off at a newly established Vote Center. At Vote Centers, voters can cast their ballots in person, drop off their vote-by-mail ballots, access same-day voter registration, receive replacement ballots, and access additional services. Of California’s 58 counties, 14 counties are eligible to opt in during the 2018 election, while the remaining counties are eligible to adopt the model in 2020. The following counties have adopted the VCA for the 2018 election cycle: Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo.