Overlapping elections cause ballot headache

Clerk's office pays for upgrade to counting machine

Residents in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District may be suffering a bit of confusion, as over the last few weeks they've received not one but two ballots for upcoming elections.

In early April, Contra Costa County Clerk Steve Weir's office sent out 81,000 ballots to voters within the SRVUSD for the May 5 Measure C parcel tax special election.

Then in the second week of April, they started mailing out ballot information for the upcoming May 19 statewide special election. Some voters will just be getting sample ballots in the mail, but for those who request mail-in ballots or who live in mail-in only precincts received an actual ballot for the Measures 1A-1F election.

"This is the first time we've had this happen," said Weir, "where two elections overlap like this."

Because they will be receiving ballots ahead of time for both elections, Weir said they had to perform some needed upgrades on their sorting machines in order to make sure the ballots were properly sorted to the correct election. The upgrade cost Weir's office around $32,000.

Weir cautions voters to be very careful to return the proper ballots in the proper envelopes and mail them in time to be counted in his office. Measure C ballots should be in the mail no later than May 1, while those for the Measures 1A-1F should be in the mail by May 15.

In addition, voters are asked to be sure they are sending the ballots back in their correct envelopes. The ballots sent out for the May 5 election are postage paid, while those for the May 19 special election are not.

"We just want to do everything we can to ensure that voters get their ballots in the mail, and that they don't get held up because of lack of postage, or anything like that," Weir explained.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Danville
on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:35 am

The ballot for the measures 1a-1f came way before the voter information booklet.

I will bet that many people voted without having a chance to read the booklet.

At least the measure C ballot had some info in the envelope.

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Posted by Karen
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm

The booklet for measures 1a-1f comes from the state not the county office who mailed you the ballot.

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