July 16, 2013
Tim Dewar, email@example.com
Sample ballots for the Aug. 27 Measure V water bond election in Ojai will be mailed Thursday. Why that matters to everyone who plans to vote is because only three of the normal precincts will be open for walk-in voting, which means nearly 1,750 voters who do not normally receive a mail-in ballot will get one this time.
According to a Ventura County Elections Department official, the sample ballots will be the first indication of how and where most voters will be allowed to vote.
Daniel Chavez, program supervisor with the Ventura County Elections Department, said as of Monday there were 4,779 eligible to vote in the election and 2,305 will receive mail-in ballots. Chavez added that mail-in ballots will be sent to voters July 29 and should begin arriving in the first week of August.
To pass, at least two-thirds of those voting must support the measure.
Chavez explained that because this is a local election, some precincts were too small to justify having a polling place, so the voters in those precincts will get a mail-in ballot instead. Voters in those precincts can either mail their ballot, vote in person at the Ventura County Government Center during business hours beginning July 29 or turn in their mail-in ballot election day at one of the three polling locations.
He added that sample ballots should begin arriving around July 20 and that if someone is sure they are registered but does not receive one, they should call 654-2664. “They could be a later-registered voter or the sample ballot could have gotten lost in the mail, so if they know they are registered and do not receive a sample ballot, it is a good idea to call us so we can figure out why,” Chavez explained.
The last day to register to vote in the election is prior to close of business Aug. 12. Anyone interested can visit the California Secretary of State’s website at http://registertovote.ca.gov to register online. Voter registration forms, which are available at the Government Center, must be postmarked Aug. 12 as well.
The sample ballot will also contain an impartial review of the bond election from the Ventura County Counsel’s office as well as pro and con arguments from Golden State Water Company and representatives from Ojai Friends Of Locally Owned Water (F.L.O.W.). Visit http://www.ojaivalleynews.com/images/measurevsampleballot.pdf to view a copy of the sample ballot.