Vote Centers


Voting Has Changed


Starting in 2020, all registered voters in El Dorado County will receive their ballot in the mail weeks before the election. You have 3 choices for how to vote:


Envelope VOTE BY MAIL
You can mail your ballot starting as soon as you receive it.




Drop Box

DROP BOX
You can drop off your ballot at any secure Drop Box starting as soon as you receive it. No postage required at Drop Boxes.




Vote Center

VOTE CENTER
You can go to any Vote Center in the county to vote in person. Vote Centers will be open for up to 11 days in a row. At every Vote Center you can:


    • Vote
    • Register and vote the same day
    • Drop off your ballot
    • Vote with an accessible voting machine
    • Get help and voting materials in multiple languages

The California Voter’s Choice Act became law in 2016 to make voting more convenient and accessible.

You choose HOW you vote: Whether using the mail, a drop box or a vote center, you choose the method that works best for you.

You choose WHEN you vote: Instead of just one day to vote, you can vote in person during an 11-day period — including weekends — ending on Election Day.

You choose WHERE you vote: You can vote in person at any Vote Center in your county.

You get the SUPPORT you need: Vote Center staff will be there to help you have a great voting experience, including providing assistance in multiple languages and helping voters with disabilities. Vote Register and vote the same day Drop off your ballot Vote with an accessible voting machine Get help and voting materials in multiple languages

Get involved! Provide input on where vote centers and drop boxes should be located in El Dorado County, attend our election planning meetings, and inform your community.

Learn more here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voters-choice-act and http://www.voterschoice.org.



How Are They Selected?


Vote Center selection is guided by 14 specific items as well as community input. In El Dorado County we review dozens of potential locations that were closest to meeting these criteria, and then held Public meetings to discuss these locations and solicit input. We receive input from our Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee and our Language Accessibility Advisory Committee.


Below are the meetings held to solicit input:

May 20, 2019 @ 6pm:
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers
330 Fair Lane, Placerville, Ca 95667

May 21, 2019 @ 6pm:
Lake Tahoe Community College, Aspen Room
1 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe Ca 95667

May 23, 2019 @ 6pm:
El Dorado Hills Fire Department, Station 85
1050 Wilson Blvd., El Dorado Hills, Ca 95762

Below are the 14 criteria used when selecting locations. The county elections department worked closely with communities, our Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC) and our Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC) to determine the most appropriate locations:

  • Proximity to public transit
  • Proximity to communities with historically low vote by mail usage
  • Proximity to population centers
  • Proximity to language minority communities
  • Proximity to voters with disabilities
  • Proximity to communities with low rates of vehicle ownership
  • Proximity to low-income communities
  • Proximity to communities of eligible voters that are not registered
  • Proximity to geographically isolated populations (i.e. Native Reservations)
  • Access to free parking
  • Time and distance a voter must travel to reach a location
  • The need for alternate voting method for voters with disabilities
  • Traffic patterns
  • The need for mobile vote centers in addition to those established by Senate Bill 450


What Can I Do There?


A Vote Center is essentially an extension of the Elections office. You can go to any Vote Center in the county. Vote Centers will be open for up to 11 days in a row, at least eight hours per day.


At every Vote Center you can:

  • Vote

  • Check the status of your registration

  • Conditionally Register to Vote the same day

  • Drop off your ballot

  • Vote with an accessible voting machine

  • Get assistance and voting materials in multiple languages