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June 25, 2019

County Registrar of Voters Discusses Voting Updates

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:00 am

On Thursday, May 16, Tim Dupuis, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters (ROV), presented updates on the County’s election system, including newly purchased voting machines, high volume scanners for paper ballot counting in Oakland, and a plan to increase ballot drop boxes. The event was part of Livermore Indivisible’s 2019 Voter Engagement Series, held at Livermore Civic Center Library. Over 40 attendees heard directly from the director about election process.

Mr. Dupuis reported on updates to the Vote-by-Mail ballot. He showed a surge of permanent Vote-By-Mail (VBM) voters. Currently over 70% of Alameda County voters are permanent VBM voters. The figure is expected to increase to over 80% by 2020. Most VBM voters do not vote early. In 2018, 300,000 VBM voters dropped off ballots on election day. Dupuis stressed that early voting would be appreciated, since ballots can be scanned up to 11 days prior to election day. Then, as soon as the polls close, computers could quickly tally the votes.

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