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Vote-by-mail errors found in Contra Costa County

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 at 3:19 pm in 2008 November election.

The Contra Costa County election office urges residents who vote by mail to check their ballot envelopes and make sure they contain two distinct ballots.

As of noon Tuesday, eight voters reported that they failed to receive both of the cards needed to cast their votes.

Voters should receive two cards in their ballot. The first card contains the candidates and local ballot measures. The second features the 12 state ballot propositions.

If you do not have both cards, call the Elections Office at 925-335-7800, or call the toll-free number at 1-877-335-7802.

The phones are staffed during Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Oct. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you get a voice-mail message, please leave your name and phone number, and a clerk will return your call.

Replacement ballots will be hand-delivered as soon as possible.

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  • Cheryl Wiegmann

    Please mention that it takes $.59 to mail the ballot. I am afraid a lot of people will place one stamp on the ballot and it won’t be counted.

  • steve weir

    Cheryl Wiegmann, great advice. We include a flyer with each ballot telling the voter it requires $0.59 in postage.

    If, by accident, someone puts insufficient postage on the ballot, we have a postage due account with the Post Office.

    I strongly recommend that those voting by mail put appropriate postage on their ballot. If a vote by mail ballot has insufficient postage, that piece of mail is taken out of the mail stream, and goes to a clerk for hand processing. You do not want your vote by mail ballot to be late because it was held up by the Post Office.