Elections Only by Mail? In Yolo County, Not Yet

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(Woodland, CA)
Monday, December 10, 2007

Yolo County voters had a small election last month – just a few school board seats and bond measures.  Clerk-Recorder Freddie Oakley said turnout was so low that …
Oakley: “Yolo County, in our last election, every vote cast at a polling place cost over $34.”
Compared with two and a half bucks per mail ballot.  So Oakley floated the idea of voting exclusively by mail.  That would require a new state law.
Oakley: “The pushback was very, very hard and very, very quick on doing major elections that way.” 
Like presidential elections.  But what about small, local, non-partisan elections like last month’s?
Oakley: “Some of the aspects of any postal ballot election bill are gonna be show-stoppers unless they’re solved up front.” 
So Oakley says she’ll work with state lawmakers over the next year to figure out those issues.