Secretary of State reports on Voter’s Choice Act

The CaliforniaSecretary of State releases a report on the implementation of Voter’s Choice Act during the 2020 Primary and General Elections.

Key findings of the report include:

  • VCA counties had higher voter registration rates, 85 percent in the Primary Election and 91 percent in the General Election, than other counties in the rest of the state, which had 79 percent in the Primary Election and 85 percent in General Election.
  • In 2020, the 15 VCA counties accounted for approximately 50 percent of the state’s registered voters in both elections—10,388,737 voters in the March 2020 Primary Election and 11,020,222 voters in the November 2020 General Election.
  • Generally, VCA counties have a higher voter turnout, even across various demographic groups, when compared to their non-VCA counterparts.
  • Voters statewide embraced the vote-by-mail option during the COVID-19 crisis. Vote by mail was the primary choice of voting in the 2020 elections, whether a voter decided to return their ballot by drop box or by mail.
  • The legislature passed the California Voter’s Choice Act , in 2016 with the aim of making voting more convenient and accessible. The VCA election model provides voters more voting options by expanding in-person early voting, allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county, and providing secure ballot drop off locations.

The main VCA Report is available here:

Report appendices and summary can be found here:

Additional information about the Voter’s Choice Act may be found here: visit