Significant changes are being made in the way we vote in Sonoma County in 2019 and 2020. Most of these changes will expand access to voting by citizens with physical or language limitations that make it hard or impossible for them to mark a ballot in the traditional way. It will also be easier and faster to count ballots and provide results using new technology.

Voting by mail will be enhanced and Remote Access Voting by Mail will be a reality in 2020. Steps are already being taken to ensure that those who miss the deadline to vote can do so conditionally.

Other actions will improve election safeguards using paper ballots, a central counting system, advanced cybersecurity and by using redundancies such as a manual process and procedures as well as protocols governing reconciliations.

Before the November 5 Sonoma County election in 2019, a presidential primary to be held on March 3, and the General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, I encourage everyone to check your voter registration status to verify address and party affiliation. You will need to re-register if you have moved, changed your name, or changed your party affiliation. Be sure to comply with deadlines and due dates. You can register to vote online, check your registration status, pre-register to vote and obtain information on November 5 ballot Measures B, C, D, E and F. Eleven water district and four community services district elections also will be on the ballot.

Your voice is important. Voting is a crucial, meaningful way to express yourself and support issues you care about. It gives you the ability to choose who is in office and have a say on what goes on in the political world. Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have a government by the majority. We have a government by the majority who participate.” Let’s all resolve to participate.

Eric Goldschlag

SCA President