Voter's Choice

VCA Timeline

Voter’s Choice Act Implementation Timeline


Under the California Voter’s Choice Act14 California counties have the option to shift to the new voting process starting with the June 2018 elections. Other counties may adopt the new process starting in 2020.

Counties moving forward in 2018 will follow this basic timeline:



  • Throughout the summer and fall 2017, counties must hold public meetings to receive input on their Election Administration Plan, publish a draft plan, and form two public advisory committees: a Language Accessibility Advisory Committee and a Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee.
  • In the winter, counties will submit their Election Administration Plans to California’s Secretary of State for approval.
  • In early 2018, LAACs and VAACs should continue to meet and election administrators may continue to adjust their Election Administration Plans, ideally with public input.
  • The first ballots mailed to voters under the new system will be sent in early May 2018.
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