Voter's Choice Act

Merced County Registrar of Voters - Voters Choice Act

Voter’s Choice Act

Merced County Registrar of Voters is modernizing voting and providing voters with greater flexibility and convenience.

Voter's Choice Act Implementation

The Voter's Choice Act is a new law passed by the California State Legislature in 2016. The VCA was implemented successfully in San Mateo, Sacramento, Napa, Nevada and Madera Counties during the 2018 Elections. Two of the largest Counties in California, Los Angeles and Orange, have also transitioned to the VCA model for the 2020 Elections. Merced County along with, Marin, Glen and Sonoma County will be transitioning to the VCA model for the 2022 Elections.

What is Changing?

Starting with the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election:

  1. Every registered voter will receive a Vote by Mail ballot starting 29 days before Election Day
  2. Voters can vote at any of the Voting Assistance Centers in Merced County
  3. Voting Assistance Centers will be open for a minimum of 4 days, including Election Day
  4. Voting Assistance Centers will offer more space, additional services and new enhanced voting equipment

VOTERS will have more options and will get to choose WHEN, WHERE, and HOW to vote!

  • Learn More About Your Voting Options (Coming Soon)

Election Administration Plan (EAP)

Timeline for Voter’s Choice Act Implementation

Merced County Elections Administration Plan (EAP) - FINAL

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Voters Choice Act Legislation

Secretary of State