NOTICE TO VOTERS – WHAT’S NEW FOR THE NOVEMBER 5 ELECTION

NEW AND SAFER VOTING EQUIPMENT TO DEBUT IN THE NOVEMBER 5, 2019 ELECTION:

To comply with the California Secretary of State’s directive for new and safer voting equipment, the Marin County Elections Department has received authorization from the Marin County Board of Supervisors to pur-chase a new voting system that includes accessible marking devices for voters with physical disabilities (as required by law), back-up paper ballots and central ballot tabulation equipment. This new equipment will de-but at the November 2019 election.

CENTRAL BALLOT TABULATION:

Considering that the majority of Marin’s voters vote by mail (over 75%), and to use the County’s financial re-sources accordingly, effective with the November, 2019 election, ballot tabulators will not be deployed to the polls. Instead, voters will deposit their polling place ballot directly into a locked ballot box at the polls. After the polls close, all voted polling ballots will be transported from the polls and receiving centers to the Elec-tions Department at the Civic Center, and fed through high speed scanners to be counted centrally on elec-tion night, instead of at the polls during the day.

Since the ballots are being counted after the polls close, the results from the polls will be available later on Election night. Counting is expected to be completed by midnight. As in the past, results of early vote-by-mail ballots will be available immediately after 8PM on Election night.

THE SCHEDULE

November 5, 2019 - local election for cities (city councils for Novato, Larkspur, Fairfax and San Anselmo) (note: the last day for submission of local ballot measures for the November, 2019 election is August 9, 2019)
March 3, 2020 - Presidential Primary Election
November 3, 2020 - Presidential General Election