Voter's Choice Act

Merced County Registrar of Voters - Voters Choice Act

Voter’s Choice Act (VCA)

Merced County Registrar of Voters is modernizing voting and providing voters with greater flexibility and convenience.

Voter's Choice Act Implementation

The Voter's Choice Act is a law passed by the California State Legislature in 2016. The VCA was implemented successfully in San Mateo, Sacramento, Napa, Nevada and Madera Counties during the 2018 Elections. Two of the largest Counties in California, Los Angeles and Orange, have also transitioned to the VCA model for the 2020 Elections. Merced County is transitioning to the VCA model.

What is Changing?

  1. Every active registered voter will receive a Vote by Mail ballot starting 29 days before Election Day
  2. Voters can vote in person at any of the Voting Assistance Centers in Merced County
  3. Voters who want to vote in person may do so for 11 days, including weekends at some Voting Assistance Centers and for 4 days at all Voting Assistance Centers.
  4. Voting Assistance Centers will offer more space, additional services and new enhanced voting equipment

VOTERS will have more options and will get to choose WHEN, WHERE, and HOW to vote!

    • You can vote and mail your ballot, no postage required.
    • You can drop off your voted ballot at any secure Official Drop Box, no postage required.
    • If you don’t want to vote the ballot that was mailed to you, you can vote at any Voting Assistance Center in Merced County.
    • You have up to 11 days, including weekends, to vote or return your ballot at a Voting Assistance Center.
    • You can do any of the following at a Voting Assistance Center:
      • Vote in person
      • Register to Vote or Update Your Registration and vote the same day
      • Drop off your voted ballot
      • Get a replacement ballot
      • Vote on an accessible ballot marking device
      • Get help and voting materials in multiple languages 

Election Administration Plan (EAP)

Public Notices

Amended Draft Election Administration Plan (EAP) Public Notices

Merced County Final Revised Election Administration Plan (EAP)

Merced County Draft Election Administration Plan (EAP)

Merced County Amended Draft Election Administration Plan (EAP)


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Community Workshops

  • AUGUST 24, 2021 AT 6:00 PM 
    • MERCED LAO FAMILY COMMUNITY, INC. (1748 Miles Court, Suite B, Merced, CA 95348)
  • AUGUST 25, 2021 AT 6:00 PM 
    • LOS BANOS FAIRGROUNDS O'BANION BUILDING (403 F Street, Los Banos, CA 93635)


Voters Choice Act Legislation

Secretary of State