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El Dorado County election officials hosting town halls

Changes are coming to El Dorado County's polling place system starting in 2020.
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With changes coming to how El Dorado County conducts elections, officials have planned a series of town halls to discuss the changes.

El Dorado County Registrar of Voters Bill O’Neill will explain the changes that will be implemented in 2020 as a result of the passage of the California Voters Choice Act, Senate Bill 450.

The bill requires counties to operate one voter center operating 11 days per 50,000 residents and one four-day vote center for every 10,000 voters prior to Election Day, according to the county. The mandate means El Dorado County must have a total of 13 vote centers.

SB 450 requires one drop box for every 15,000 voters, meaning there will be nine drop boxes in the county.

“While we must have vote centers, the legislation does allow each county to decide for itself where they will be located,” O’Neill said in a press release.

The town halls are intended to educate residents about the legislation and seek input on the desired vote center locations.

“Vote centers provide more convenience than polling places, as voters can vote at any center in the county,” O’Neill said. “They can also receive services they could previously only get at the elections office.”

All meetings start at 6 p.m. Meeting dates and locations are:

Monday, May 20, at the Board of Supervisors chambers at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville;

Tuesday, May 21, at the Lake Tahoe Community College Aspen Room at 1 College Drive;

Thursday May 23, at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station at 1050 Wilson Blvd., El Dorado Hills.