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Registrar plan public hearings for Election Administration Plan

Tracy DeFore

County of San Diego Communications Office

The Registrar of Voters office is holding two hearings Wednesday, July 26, inviting the public to provide input on the renewal of the county's Election Administration Plan.

The Registrar's office adopted the plan in 2022 and is renewing the plan as part of the two-year review process. The plan describes how the Registrar's office administers elections under the Voter's Choice Act.

The vote center model falls under the Voter's Choice Act, and it modernizes the election process in several ways:

• Active registered voters automatically receive a ballot in the mail.

• Voters can return their ballot by mail, a secure ballot drop box or in person at any vote center.

• Vote centers open for up to 11 days, giving voters more time to return their ballot.

During the hearings, the public can give input on vote center and ballot drop box locations, and voter education and outreach plans. The public can also find suggestion forms for vote center and ballot drop box locations, and general comment forms on the Registrar's Voter's Choice Act page.

The first public hearing will be available for in person or virtual attendance Wednesday, July 26, 9 a.m. at Campus Center Chambers at County Operations Center, Kearny Mesa, located at 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego 92123. The second public hearing will be virtual attendance only Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. Zoom details will be posted at sdvote.com under Voter's Choice Act and on the Registrar's Community Calendar. Interpretation services will be available during both sessions in American Sign Language, Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian and Somali.

Important dates:

• July 12: The Registrar posted proposed updates to the Election Administration Plan at sdvote.com for a 14-day public review and comment period.

• July 26: In-person and virtual public hearings including the county's disability, and state and federally covered language communities.

• July 26: The initial public review and comment period ends.

• Aug. 9 – Aug. 23: The Registrar posts an amended Election Administration Plan for a second 14-day public review and comment period.

• Sept. 6: The Registrar posts the final adopted plan and sends it to the California Secretary of State for approval.

The Election Administration Plan is reviewed every four years in the odd year prior to a scheduled election year. For more information about the Voter's Choice Act, visit sdvote.com.

 

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