Voter's Choice Act Overview

Nevada County Elections administers voting pursuant to the Voter’s Choice Act (SB 450). The Voter’s Choice Act was passed into law in 2016 and first implemented in 2018 in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties. Under SB 450, participating counties must: 1) mail every active registered voter a ballot; 2) expand in-person early voting; and 3) allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within the county. Counties must also conduct robust voter education, engage with community partners, and share their plans for administering elections. 

Under the Voter’s Choice Act, voters may choose how, when, and where to cast their ballot. All active registered voters are mailed a ballot starting 29 days before an election. Postage is prepaid, so there's no need to find a stamp. Voters are not limited to just voting by mail—they may drop off their ballots in one of our many secure drop-off locations or may vote in person. In person voters may come to our office to cast a ballot in person starting 29 days before an election. Voters may also cast a ballot at any one of the county’s vote centers, which open on staggered schedules beginning 10 days before an election. Voters are not assigned a single polling location; rather, they may visit any vote center without the need to vote provisionally under most circumstances. 

Please click on the links to learn more about the Voter’s Choice Act, or contact our office for further information.

Voter's Choice Act: State Information Page

SB 450 Voter's Choice Act Law

SB 450 Glossary of Terms

Notice of Public Meeting to Establish Committees