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University of Southern California: Election Siting Tool

The California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) is a nonpartisan civic engagement research center housed within the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy.

​Why We Invested

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 450, known as the Voter’s Choice Act, which allows counties to choose to adopt a new voting system. In counties choosing to adopt the new model, every registered voter is mailed a Vote-by-Mail ballot, which voters can either mail in, or return at a ballot drop box or a newly established vote center. Voters retain the ability to vote in person at a vote center over an extended voting period, if that is their choice.

CCEP’s Election Siting Tool is a mapping tool that provides assistance to California county election offices implementing the Voter’s Choice Act. The tool helps election officials identify optimal sites for potential Vote Center and Vote-by-Mail drop boxes using a facility allocation model that incorporates the siting criteria included in the new law. The resulting interactive web maps are intended to supplement what election officials and stakeholders already know about their counties’ profiles and needs.

The tool will be useful in other states as well as they modernize their election models to provide voters with more options in voting. By expanding the use of the tool to other pilot states and jurisdictions, those efforts will be done based on sound data analysis.

Total Commitment

2019: $100,000