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Inaccurate election flyer hits BART stations

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 at 2:56 pm in 2008 November election.

This may  go without saying but here it is: Beware of stuff handed to you at the train station.

Some of the details in an anonymous flyer being handed out at BART stations are incorrect, warned Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters Steve Weir.

His office became aware of the half-page flyer titled “County Government Offices” when voters began calling the internal phone line of one of his staffers listed on the document.

The flyer inaccurately provides a deadline for folks to cast mail-in ballots. All voters have until 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 to vote whether or not they vote by mail or at the polling place. The deadline on the flyer of Oct. 28 refers to the final date in which a voter can request to a mail-in ballot. After that date, a voter must vote in a regular polling location.

Also, polls on Election Day, Nov. 4, are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The flyer lists the wrong hours.

And finally, voters with questions should call 925-335-7800 rather than the number shown on the flyer; this number is an internal phone of a staff person who may or may not be able to answer the voter’s question.

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  • RR

    This incorrect flier is an outrage! We should demand the county investigate this matter immediately, regardless of the cost. Also, it is obviously racist, as voters for whom English is hard to understand would be confused.

  • steve weir

    We learned that the flyer was being distributed by one of the political parties. We have contacted them and pointed out the inaccuracies and have asked that they make corrections to their flyer.

    This is not the first time, nor will it be the last time, where either well meaning or not so well meaning people misrepresent the basic facts about voting.

    I can only hope that people are aware of where they receive their information. A flyer at a Bart station, that does not identify the sponsor, is not necessarily the best place for people to go for their information.