The Fresno County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new election system on Tuesday.
The new system will replace the old one that began operating 20 years ago, the Fresno County Clerk’s Office said. According to Clerk Brandi Orth, the old system was outdated and replacement parts are no longer available. Additionally, the system itself has recently been removed from the current list of approved systems for California.
State and Federal funds are available to cover the cost of acquiring the new system, Orth’s office said.
In a separate vote, the Board of Supervisors also approved implementation of the California Voter’s Choice Act in 2020, which will change how voting services are provided throughout the county.
Under the new voting model, Fresno County will have 50 Vote Centers, located strategically throughout the county, Orth’s office said. The Vote Centers will be open for four days, including Election Day, and 10 of the 50 Vote Centers will be open for 11 days, including Election Day.
The Vote Centers are designed to improve voting accessibility and convenience.
In recent countywide elections, there have been 268 polling places open for one day only. Under the current system, a voter can receive their precinct specific ballot only at their assigned polling place on Election Day or the Elections Office in downtown Fresno.
The Voter’s Choice Act will allow any voter to vote at any of the 50 Vote Centers and receive their precinct-specific ballot which will be printed on demand, Orth’s office said.
Additionally, under the Voter’s Choice Act model, all voters will receive a vote by mail ballot which may be returned to any Vote Center, to one of the additional 30 ballot drop off boxes, which will be provided to voters or via U.S. mail.
For more information on the Voter’s Choice Act, click here.