Vote by mail may become universal in California

adminNews Standing in line while waiting for the person in front of you to get their address correct and to stop asking about how to connect the arrows may become historic vignettes if California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla can convince the state Legislature to enact his proposal for a new voting process.

Padilla’s recommendation, which Sens. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) have put forward, would offer every Californian registered voter the option to vote by mail. Four weeks prior to an election, registered voters would receive a ballot.

If voting by mail is not preferred, voters may still go to “vote centers,” formerly polling places, and cast a ballot. One difference between the two is any voter registered in the county may cast a ballot at a vote center, which would be independent of local precincts.  Read more.