June 15, 2012 - 2012 ELECTIONS: Vote-by-mail requests hit record
Source: The Press-Enterprise, Political Empire Blog
Title: 2012 ELECTIONS: Vote-by-mail requests hit record
Posted on: June 15, 2012
By: Jeff Horseman
More Riverside County voters requested mail-in ballots for the June 5 primary than in any other election, Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil recently told the Board of Supervisors.
The registrar’s office send more than 422,000 ballots, Verjil said. While only 168,000 were returned according to the latest figures, “we’re doing a great job of getting voters to consider voting by mail,” she said.
Election officials encourage voting by mail so ballots can be counted quicker and polling place lines are shorter on Election Day. The county put out a YouTube video featuring a talking baby to promote the vote-by-mail system.
Turnout for the primary was around 30 percent – low, but that was expected statewide, Verjil said. More voters are expected to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election.
Verjil added she expects to certify the primary results at least a week before the July 3 deadline.
The registrar’s report was welcome news to supervisors. The county’s top executive in 2010 fired Verjil’s predecessor amid criticism over the handling of the election.
Supervisor Ben Benoit said communication with the registrar’s office has “improved dramatically” and results were posted ahead of most other places in the state. “It’s a little different feeling that it was two years ago,” he said.
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