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Measure G - vote by mail ballot

Original post made by Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows, on Apr 27, 2009

Something that might interest both sides - it appears even if you're registered to vote by mail for the general elections you have to re-submit the request for the special election if you want to be able to vote by mail for it as well.

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Posted by good move
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Nice! Let's make it as difficult as possible for those who have little interest in this tax.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 27, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Can you verify this ? I will be calling the Registrar's office in the morning.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 28, 2009 at 1:19 am

My sample ballot came with a card stating:

"002 Special Election, Pleasanton Unified School District, Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Mail or deliver this application direcly to the Alamdeda County Regitrar of Voters. Application must be in Registrar's office by 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2009."

From: Web Link
"It's your right – Section 3201 of the California Elections Code states that any voter can vote by mail. Once you apply, you'll be permanently registered and you'll automatically receive ballots in the mail within 29 days of each election in which you are eligible to vote.** You can still vote at your polling station if you wish—simply turn in your ballot and envelope at the polls and vote a regular ballot. "

The language sounds like if you've previously voted by mail you're automatically signed up for future mail in ballots, however there are two ballot request forms on the same page.....one for the May 9th ballot and one for the June 2nd ballot.

I'm just going to send my form in anyway.


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Posted by Facts Please
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

Ahh, the start of a rumor...Go to the Registrar of Voters web site:
"Section 3201 of the California Election Code states that any voter can vote by mail. Once you apply, you'll be permanently registered and you'll automatically receive ballots in the mail within 29 days of each election in which you are eligible to vote."
Also on the same site ther is a "Vote by Mail Ballot Tracking" system in place and the June 2 Pleasanton election is listed along with Piedmont...apparently Piedmont is a wealthy school district just like Pleasanton and they can afford to waste money on a stand alone special election too.


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Posted by Facts Please
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 8:46 am

Those request forms are for people who are not registered as Permanent Vote By Mail and want to now register. The PUSD can't change voting rules and make people re-register. I think you are reading something that isn't there.


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Posted by Stu Gazzo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

I think I know where the confusion might be coming from. There are actually two forms of vote by mail. The first is that the voter is registered as "Permanent Vote by Mail" and receives a mail-in ballot for every election. The second is where ALL registered voters receive a card-type ballot through the mail to vote on one specific issue or proposal. The school district cannot change the first option but they did not want the second. I believe San Ramon is using the second to save money but PUSD chose to opt for the more expensive traditional ballot in the hope that fewer voters would cast ballots to help insure passage of their measure.


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Posted by Get out of the wagon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

How difficult is it to just go and physically vote? I, for one, am highly motivated this cycle to show up and vote "No!". If only there was a "Heck No!" box I could check! :)


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Posted by Stu Gazzo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Wagon,
Sometimes it is difficult for people to physically vote and I threw my nickle into the discussion to help clear up any confusion becuase I think the original poster might have been confused. I want to make sure everyone votes, I only wish I could do it twice because it would be NO NO.


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Posted by Blue and Yellow
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

The registrar has printed the May ballot with a yellow accent and the June ballot in blue so the voters would not be confused.
I am still confused.


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Posted by Get out of the wagon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

No worries Stu, you gave a great clarification and it was appreciated by many. I just am so looking forward to lining up that day to show my lack of support!

For those of you joining me in person to defeat this Measure in June...

See you at the polls!!

For those of you choosing absentee ballot...

Vote early!


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm

... and often ;-)


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Posted by Get out of the wagon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

resident,

LOVED IT! You know (!!!) I wanted to write that...but I was afraid of hearing about my suggestions of encouraging voter fraud. Too funny!

Thanks for the LOL.

See you there!


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