Secretary of State Alex Padilla is pushing for a major overhaul of how Californians cast ballots.
New legislation, jointly authored by Democratic Senators Ben Allen and Bob Hertzberg, would allow counties to change numerous processes so as to increase voter participation. The biggest change would create "vote centers" open for 10 days, eight hours a day leading up to Election Day that would accept completed ballots from any resident of the county instead of tying people to a single, neighborhood polling location.
The state of Colorado was the first to implement the model and enjoyed approximately 55 percent turnout of eligible citizens in the November 2014 general election compared to 30 percent in California, according to the Secretary of State's tally.
Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State