December 2017 BayAreaGOP Newsletter Articles
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Republican GOTV to Change in 2018 with Voters Choice Act
San Mateo and Napa Counties Among First to Implement New Law
The Voters Choice Act was passed by the California Legislature in 2016, calling for major changes to the way Californians cast their vote and resulting in a need to adjust traditional Get-Out-The-Vote efforts. This new voting model is being implemented by 5 counties in the 2018 election cycle, including the two Bay Area counties of San Mateo and Napa.
Under the new law, voters will receive their ballots in the mail 28 days before the election. Ballots can be mailed in, or dropped off at sites determined by each county. To encourage early voting, events can be organized where voters bring their completed ballots to be turned in by the GOTV organizer. Regional Vote Centers will be open 10 days before election day to allow county residents to register to vote and cast their ballot in person. Since Election Day polling places will no longer be available in each precinct, and voters can vote anywhere in the county, GOTV efforts must include communications with your target voters to confirm ballots have been mailed in or dropped off. County GOTV teams must sign up to access voting data from the county elections office as it comes in over the 28 days of this new voting cycle.
San Mateo GOP Chair John Boyle says his team has already had relevant experience, during the 2015 local elections when the county tested an all-mail-ballot election. On their recommendation mailer they explained the various voting methods to voters.
In supporting Republican candidates, he says “There are lots of ways that we, as the SMGOP Central Committee, can and will evolve our support to help these local candidates including training, postal mailers, multiple email blasts, phone-banking, social networking support, and other forms of assistance.”
Each county will implement the Voters Choice Act with the help of community input. County parties may want to contact the county elections office to suggest the locations of drop off boxes and vote centers. County parties and volunteer groups can also request a mobile vote center to be available at a rally or event that they organize.
If you would like to assist with GOTV in your county, feel free to contact your local Republican Central Committee.