Forty-eight counties responded to a CalMatters election survey and many attributed the smooth election to new vote centers with savvy technology.
Mono County tried its hand at new election technology during the March 2020 primary but then the internet cut out. For the general election, it reverted to old-fashioned paper voter rolls.
Most of the state’s 58 counties followed suit this election, choosing to use technology and some form of vote center. It turned out to be critical infrastructure to support California’s pandemic-inspired decision to mail ballots to every registered voter. Forty-eight counties responded to a CalMatters survey, with many registrars attributing a smoother election to the new approach. Now that politicians in Sacramento are talking about making vote-by-mail permanent and expanding vote centers, though, some local officials are worried about cost given vote center usage.
The vote centers were possible this year because of the 2016 Voter’s Choice Act,