A new elections model proposed under the California Voter’s Choice Act that would replace traditional polling places with vote centers was approved and authorized by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, according to the Elections Office.

Under the model created by Senate Bill 450, California Voter’s Choice Act, vote centers will be open for a greater period, and will offer expanded voter services including voter registration, multilingual assistance and disabled access voting options. Every registered voter will also receive a vote-by-mail ballot, which can be returned in any mailbox or special ballot drop boxes located throughout the county, with no postage required. The June 5, 2018, statewide direct primary election will be the first election conducted under the vote center model, according to the Elections Office.

California Voter’s Choice Act Public Hearings will be held on the following dates:

• Public Hearing with Language Community, Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, 555 County Center, Redwood City;

• Public Hearing with Disability Community, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Board of Supervisors Chamber, Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City; and

• Public Hearing of Election Administration Plan, Thursday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Board of Supervisors Chamber, Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

For more information on the California Voter’s Choice Act and the vote center model call (650) 312-5222, visit shapethefuture.org or follow @smcvote on Twitter.

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