County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

Voter’s Choice Act

Executive Summary

Senate Bill 423 authorized counties to implement the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) model for the November 3, 2020 election. San Benito County conducted its election in compliance with SB 423.

The Election Administration Plan (EAP) provides the formal guiding outline for the future of voting and elections in San Benito County. It incorporates the feedback provided by hundreds of voters and community advisory committees such as the Elections Advisory Group (EAG), and the EAG subcommittees, Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC), and Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC)

Following the finalization of the EAP, the Elections Office will implement a comprehensive voter education campaign ranging from expanding our social media presence, partnerships with high schools and institutions of higher education, and collaborations with elected officials and government agencies. The plan is a framework for the campaign to meet its goal of informing San Benito County’s 37,000 thousand voters of the upcoming changes and transition to the vote center mode.

At the time of preparing the EAP, approximately four vote centers and six ballot drop boxes are expected based on current voter counts and California Election Code requirements. Voters may also return their vote-by-mail ballot by mail without needing to affix additional postage, at a ballot drop box location, or at any vote center.

As San Benito County transitions to the vote center model, the Elections Office remains committed to our mission to provide election services for the citizens of San Benito County to ensure equal access to the election process, protect the integrity of votes, and maintain a transparent, accurate and fair process.

Please click to view the current Election Administration Plan.

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