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in Venice on October 12, 2020. Image via iStock

Do you know where your ballot is?

For the first time, Californians can track their mail-in ballots from the point they’re printed to the moment they’re accepted by their county elections office. Ballot tracking, now available in parts or all of a dozen states, has become a particularly useful option this year, when many voters are anxious about election security.  As of […]

People line up to receive their ballots at BeeBee Memorial Christian Methodist church in Oakland on Super Tuesday 2020. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

Before the pandemic, California’s polling places were already disappearing

Standing in line at their local polling place, a longtime ritual for many Californians, will be a thing of the past this Election Day for half of the state’s voters.  That’s because in 2016 the California Legislature passed the Voter’s Choice Act, which allows counties to transition from polling places to a vote center and […]

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