Lorena Gonzalez Wants Weekend Voting Available for all Californians

Monday, February 4, 2019

Bill would give all California voters a location in their community to vote early and in person.

Sacramento – (Monday, Feb. 4, 2019) – California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D - San Diego) is continuing her work to expand access to the ballot box with legislative action that will guarantee weekend voting across the state. Assembly Bill 363, introduced Monday, would give all voters the opportunity to cast their ballot early and conveniently at a location in their own community.

“A critical key to increasing voter turnout is to make it easier for everyone – including working folks and students – to participate in the process,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “Voting is an essential part of democracy. It’s time we give busy Californians a convenient option for participating in the process in person and in their community.”  

A study by Pew Research Center found that having a “too busy or conflicting schedule” was the third most common reason that registered voters did not cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election. People are often unable to cast a ballot on Tuesday because they can’t get the time off from work, don’t have childcare, or they don’t have the time to wait in long lines at the polls.  

California law now requires polls to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, which falls on the second Tuesday of November. Most counties have early voting available only at the Registrar of Voters offices, which can be hard to access and those hours vary.

AB 363 would require local elections officials to provide a consolidated voting location to be open for a minimum of eight hours per day on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday preceding an election. AB 363 would require an early polling location for every 10,000 registered voters, as determined 88 days prior to Election Day.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.