Gov. Jerry Brown Approves Move to California Vote Centers

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is taking action on several voting-related bills, including legislation that lays the groundwork for more California counties to conduct elections entirely through mail-in ballots.

Brown announced Thursday that he signed SB450, which allows 18 counties to set up vote centers where people could drop off mail-in ballots in the 10 days before the 2018 election. The rest could move to the system in 2020.

Lawmakers say the current voting system is outdated.

The Democratic governor also approved legislation to let voters designate anyone to turn in their ballots, and to let voters take and share photographs of their ballots on social media starting next year.

Brown vetoed a bill requiring counties to notify voters if their vote-by-mail ballot was not counted, saying counties already publish that online.