What is ARC?
In California, county elections officials have the option to execute the Alternate Residency Confirmation (ARC) process as permitted by California election laws. The ARC process is performed in an odd year following an even-year general election. The Registrar of Voters administers ARC to keep voter registration records accurate and to help reduce costs associated with conducting elections.
How does it work?
The ARC process identifies voters who may have moved out of the County but were not detected by any other file maintenance procedure. It does this by flagging voters who have not voted or changed their registration information in the last four years. The registration records identified via the ARC process will be moved from the active voter list to the inactive voter list. As a result, those voters will still be eligible to vote if they show up at the polls, but they will no longer automatically receive election materials in the mail.
How will affected voters be notified?
Each inactivated voter will be mailed a forwardable residency confirmation mailing that contains a postage paid return postcard that they can use to either confirm their old address or provide their new address. Once the postcard is returned, the voter will be reinstated on the active voter registration list. Voters that do not respond to this residency confirmation postcard will remain on the inactive list.