Counties receive $16 million to manage voters

Apr 30, 2016 3:40 PM by News Staff

California counties will get an additional 16 million dollars to help manage a surge of new voters, energized by the June 7th primary.

Governor Jerry Brown signed "AB-120" Friday, just one day after lawmakers rushed it through the assembly and senate. The money will help counties deal with an influx of at least 600 thousand new voters who have registered so far this year, as California's presidential primary is expected to play a pivotal role for the first time in decades.

Counties also face deadlines to verify thousands of signatures for nearly two-dozen initiatives seeking a spot on the November ballot.

But the additional money represents only half of the $32 million dollars secretary of state Alex Padilla had requested.


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