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SoCo Registrar of Electors to Hold Virtual Community Briefing

March 22, 2022

SONOMA COUNTY, CA – Sonoma County Registrar-Recorder-Evaluator-Registrar of Electors (ROV) Deva Marie Proto announced on Tuesday that the ROV office is partnering with the California Secretary of State (SOS) to organize a virtual community briefing later this month on the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) electoral model that will go into effect in Sonoma County this year.

“We are thrilled to join SOS in raising awareness of the exciting flexibility and new options the VCA will provide voters in Sonoma County,” Proto said. Topics covered will include what polling centers are and how they differ from traditional polling stations, important upcoming election dates, and how to obtain reliable voting information.

The community briefing is scheduled for March 28 from 6-7 p.m. To enter, go to https://bit.ly/37COwiz or watch live on Facebook @CaliforniaSOS.

Just over a year ago, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to transition Sonoma County from a traditional polling place election model to the VCA model. The SOS gave final approval to the county plan in December.

Approved by the California Legislature in 2016 and established by SB 450, the VCA expands voters’ options for how, when and where they vote. As a VCA County, Sonoma County shall do the following:

  • Send each active and registered voter a ballot for each election in which they are eligible to participate. (Due to the adoption of AB 37 last fall, it is now a requirement for all counties in California.)
  • Offer a combination of official ballot boxes and voting centers instead of polling stations.

The first elections in Sonoma County to be held under the VCA model will be the April 12 Special Election (applicable only to voters residing in the City of Windsor), followed closely by the Direct County-Wide Primary Election. June 7 State (applicable to all Sonoma County voters).

For more information about the VCA and upcoming events and elections, visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/vote, call (707) 565-6800, email [email protected] or visit the Registrar of Electors office in person at 435 Fiscal Drive, Santa Rosa. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, excluding public holidays.