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State Elections Chief On Ballot Harvesting and Age 17 Voting



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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla wants to make voting easier for everyone.
He visited Fresno last month, pushing the Voters Choice Act. Fresno County will implement the system starting next year.
The act expands the days that polls are open before an election, sends vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters and allows them to return them in the mail without a stamp. It also replaces neighborhood precincts with voting centers.

Take 5

Take 5 spoke with Padilla and got his thoughts on:
—  “Ballot harvesting.”
—  Russian interference in the 2016 election.
— The citizenship question that may be asked in the 2020 census. Thus far, the courts have rejected the Trump Administration’s effort to include it. It will likely be decided at the Supreme Court.
— Should the voting age drop to 17?
— Ranked-choice voting, which is used in some cities, like San Francisco. It allows voters to give first, second, third (and so on) rankings to candidates. And it eliminates the need for run-off elections. Does Padilla think it can work statewide?
Watch the video above to find out.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email