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Voting system: Changes

FRESNO – Brandi Orth, the Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, and her team are hosting a series of meetings to discuss changes about to take place to the voting system in Fresno County.

“Our current election system is more than 20 years old. The current ballot creation and vote counting system must be replaced and the County is exploring new systems that are certified by the State,” Orth said. “At the same time, The Voter’s Choice Act gives California Counties the option of going to a new way of conducting elections designed to make voting more convenient and accessible. This new process allows voting locations that are open for 4 to 10 days and also allows the County to mail a ballot to all voters.”

Five counties - Madera, Nevada, Napa, Sacramento and San Mateo - have already adopted this new way of conducting elections.

Fresno County Elections will host five community meetings to discuss the options related to transitioning from the traditional polling place model to the Voter’s Choice Act model. If the County Clerk decides to convert to a new model, there is required public participation.

These five meetings are in advance and in addition to the legally required notices and public comment. The meetings will take place:

  • 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Kerman Community Center, 15101 W. Kearney Blvd.
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Sanger Seniors Citizen Center, 730 Recreation Ave.
  • 2 p.m. Feb. 15, 2019, Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th St.
  • 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the West Fresno Regional Center, 142 W. California Ave.
  • 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Fresno County Elections Training Facility, 4525 E. Hamilton Ave.

For questions or concerns regarding these meetings, contact Cindy Lee at 600-3011.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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