Potential New Funding for County Elections
April 20, 2017
After nearly 15 years since the state’s last major investment in voting equipment, CSAC is pleased to support Assembly Bill 668 (Gonzalez Fletcher), which could result in $450 million to counties for new voting systems.
Specifically, the bill, if approved by the Legislature, would place a bond measure on the June 2018 ballot appropriating $450 million to replace California’s aging elections infrastructure upon voter approval. Funds are designed to help counties pay for the new vote center model under SB 450, but are available to any county willing to match the funds to replace aging voting equipment and technology.
This is positive news for counties and signifies a step forward in what will hopefully lead to more consistent election funding by the state, including funding for mandated activities. CSAC has sent a support letter to the author’s office (available here) and the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee (available here) where it will be heard on Wednesday. Counties are encouraged to do the same.