Counties Prepare For California's Special Election

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 6, 2009
California’s special election is only a few months away.   
That has county clerks scrambling to prepare balloting materials to meet the deadline. 
When lawmakers passed the budget last month…they scheduled a special election for May 19th
Voters will decide the fate of a half dozen budget related ballot questions, including a few intended to help California avoid future deficits. 
The quick turnaround has political observers concerned that some election laws might be ignored during the rush.
Not so, says Gail Pellerin. 
She’s vice president of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials.
“The legislature did truncate some of the public inspection period so some people did feel rushed to get those things done but there is a law that allows special elections so that we can consolidate more.  So counties are taking advantage of the law so we can provide for some cost savings.  It just makes sense…”
Pellerin says counties unable to pay all of the costs for the special election have  been assured that they’ll get some financial help from the state, although it may come after election day.  The last day to register to vote is May fourth.