Sacramento voting centers busy with ballot drop offs

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A handful of counties in the state are using a new election model to try to make voting easier and more convenient.

Voting centers in Sacramento were bustling Monday but not with voters filling out ballots.

“Today we probably did more people within the first hour than we did Saturday or Sunday,” a poll inspector, Stephen Doris said.

With pink envelopes in hand, the majority of those people dropped off their already casted ballots.

Sacramento along with San Mateo, Madera, Nevada, and Napa counties participate in the voters choice act.

In advance of the election, each registered voter in those counties got a ballot in the mail and had access to dozens of drop boxes and early voting centers sprinkled throughout the city.

“This was my first time voting this way and I will never go back to standing in line again,” voter, Alex Rodriguez said. “You take your time before you get here, you fill everything out, you do your research. It took five seconds when I walked from my car to there.”

The latest data from the Secretary of State’s Office shows as of Sunday, 86,000 voters in the participating counties used the drop boxes, while more than 250,000 mailed back their ballots.

With Sacramento being the model’s most populous participant, poll inspectors say all eyes in the state are on the capital city.

“In the June election, I had an observer with the Secretary of State’s Office to see how we’re doing with it. We’re piloting this system for the state, and as goes Sacramento, eventually, the state will go this way.”

If more counties start the new system, the days of standing in line on election day could be numbered in California.

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