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Posted on: August 9, 2023

Voter’s Choice Act Public Hearing on Thursday, Aug. 17

Draft Election Administration Plan Public Hearing Flier

The Humboldt County Office of Elections will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 regarding the County of Humboldt’s upcoming transition to the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) elections format.


The County of Humboldt will soon be transitioning to the VCA elections format. Approved by California lawmakers in 2016, and established by Senate Bill 450, the VCA expands voters’ options for how, when and where they cast their ballots by:

  • Mailing every voter a ballot
  • Expanding in-person early voting
  • Allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county
  • Providing secure ballot drop off locations throughout the county 

Under California law the Office of Elections is required to submit an Election Administration Plan (EAP) that describes how the County of Humboldt will administer elections under the VCA. To meet the state’s requirements, the Office of Elections must engage the public on the draft EAP and gather feedback through the public hearing consultation process.

The County of Humboldt’s draft EAP can be reviewed at

Public Hearing

The public hearing to discuss the draft EAP will take place on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 6 to 8 Arcata City Hall in the Council Chamber, located at 736 F St. in Arcata.

Community members are invited to attend and participate in person or on Zoom to give public comment. To attend the public hearing on Zoom, visit

For more information on how to make public comment during the meeting, please view the meeting agenda.

The County of Humboldt is committed to providing equal access to all county programs, services and activities through the provision of accommodations for individuals with qualified disabilities as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With 72 hours prior notice, a request for reasonable accommodation for this meeting can be made by calling (707) 445-7481.

Submit Public Comment Prior to the Meeting

Public comment on the draft EAP will be accepted prior to the public hearing until Wednesday, Aug. 16 at noon. Feedback can be submitted through the online submission form, by email at or over the phone at (707) 445-7481.. If you do not have access to email, please contact the Office of Elections at (707) 445-7481. 

For more information, please contact the Humboldt County Office of Elections at or call (707) 445-7481. 

For more information on the Voter’s Choice Act, visit

About the Humboldt County Office of Elections

The Humboldt County Office of Elections is committed to ensuring all eligible residents have an opportunity to exercise their right to vote; conducting elections in a fair, accurate, and efficient manner; and providing reliable information and the best possible service to voters, districts, candidates, and other interested parties. For more information, visit

Humboldt County Voter's Choice Act web page
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