This year, a law passed in 2016 called the California Voter’s Choice Act changed voting in California exponentially during the midterm elections. The California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) allowed voters to have more options on how, when and where they voted. This program was tested in five counties in California including Sacramento. Napa, Madera, Nevada and San Mateo.
The VCA allowed voters to have same-day voter registration, early voting up to 29 days prior, and the ability to vote by mail. Out of these five counties, Sacramento was the largest, and therefore it was very important to see the results from it. Voting in Sacramento was exponentially higher than previous years. According to an informational article by Hmong Innovating Politics, the 2014 general election voter turnout was 38.28%, whereas in 2018, the voter turnout increased to 68.32%.
“My experience as a new voter this year was very nerve-wracking,” said Arabesque Lynaolu, a newly-eighteen, first-time voter, “But exciting! It was my first time voting and I’m so glad I took the opportunity to. Although I didn’t mail in, having the option was convenient and I definitely will vote again. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”
Overall, The Voters Choice Act seems to have changed voting as a whole. So much in fact that in 2020, all counties in California may opt-in.