The state legislature has considered a bill that could change the way Californians vote. SB-450 (Elections: vote by mail voting and mail ballot elections) could eliminate neighborhood polling places. Instead, provided it gains the support of county jurisdictions, California voters would be mailed their ballots—including the millions of voters who currently cast their ballots at traditional and convenient polling places.
If the legislation proceeds successfully and is signed into law by the governor, counties would eliminate polling places and open vote centers. Vote centers would be one-stop locations for registering to vote, changing registration and, with a limited number voting booths, accommodate in-person voting even for some who may live in a different city.