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Sample Ballot Sent to Malibu Voters Contains Errors

Malibu voters are encouraged to disregard the Santa Monica Supplemental Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet and instead use the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Vote by Mail Instruction Guide.

A sample ballot and voter information pamphlet sent to Malibu voters contains errors and should not be used, according to election officials in Santa Monica.

Sarah Gorman, City Clerk/Director of Records & Elections for the City of Santa Monica, released the following statement:

“The County of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Monica have discovered an error in the Santa Monica Supplemental Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet that was sent to City of Malibu voters. The error involves incorrect ballot position numbering of the Board of Education candidates and Measure ES on the ballot.

Voters should ONLY use the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Vote By Mail Instruction Guide or Sample Ballot.”

According to Gorman, the numbers for each candidate and Measure ES are incorrect on the city sample ballot, but that the county's version is correct.

Election day is Nov. 6.

Susan Tellem October 30, 2012 at 06:55 PM
What!????? Those numbskulls - already sent the absentee ballot in. This sucks.
Malibu Girl October 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
You have GOT to be kidding.... I have already voted and specifically voted for the three Malibu candidates for school board- or so I thought. This is appalling. I have no idea which sample guide I used, and long since consigned them to the trash.
Marshall Thompson October 30, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Idiots! Who is running things over there? Is this intentional voter tampering? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
Hans Laetz October 31, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I just received an automated phone call from the City of Santa Monica clerk's office. They are the ones who screwed up. This phone call stated that the correct ballot hole numbers for the Santa Monica school board races and Measure ES are in the 140-148 range. The incorrect Sample Ballot has numbers in the 184-192 range. The phone call said the clerk is working with county elections officials on a solution. It would appear that the only voters who cast ballots in the wrong number range would be those who ignored the printed alignment on the mail-in ballot and instead worked off the City of Santa Monica sample ballot -- an unlikely, but possible combination. LA County ballots have lots of blank numbers. It would appear that an overvote at ballot hole 140 would mean an undervote at 184, where the erroneous SM ballots start. The question is, is it within state law for such a transposition correction to be made?
Susan Tellem October 31, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Hans that really helps. We worked off the correct ballot. Susan and Marshall.

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