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DTS confusion is statewide

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 at 5:02 pm in 2008 presidential primary.

The confusion over decline to state voters’ option to vote in the Democratic primary is apparently statewide.

According to Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office, its voter hotline received several dozen calls from DTS voters around the state reporting that some county pollworker gave them inaccurate information.

“Under California law, each political party decides whether to allow DTS voters to participate in their presidential primaries,” Bowen said. “In this particular election, two of the six political parties are allowing DTS voters to request their parties’ ballots: the Democratic and American Independent parties.”

If a DTS voter does not specifically ask for one party’s ballot at the polls, he or she will be given a non-partisan ballot containing the seven statewide ballot measures, but no presidential candidate names, Bowen said.

Voters who have any questions about their rights should call our toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.

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