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UPDATE: Election month starts today

Posted: May 5, 2014 3:08 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2014 5:13 p.m.
 

June 3 primary mail-in ballots began wending their way to voters Monday as county and state officials gear up for what one California official calls “election month.”

Some voters could have their ballots marked for the June primary and heading back for counting by this weekend.

“While voting by mail has been around for decades, its popularity has soared since 1979, when any Californian could choose to vote by mail without having to provide a reason or an excuse,” Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Monday.

“More than half of the ballots cast in recent statewide elections were sent in by mail,” said Bowen, the state’s chief elections officer.

In the June 2012 presidential primary, 65 percent of voters cast their ballots by mail. More than 51 percent of ballots cast in the November 2012 general election were mailed.

Bowen calls the time between posting mail-in ballots and the election itself “election month.”

In the Santa Clarita Valley, the hottest race may well be that to replace Howard “Buck” McKeon, longtime Republican congressman. McKeon did not seek re-election.

A total of 53 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs.

The contest also includes races for governor, secretary of state, the entire state Assembly and 20 of the 40 seats in the state Senate.

In Los Angeles County, the sheriff’s and assessor’s office leaders will be on the ballot, along with two county supervisors’ seats. The term for Santa Clarita Valley’s supervisor, Michael D. Anotonovich, expires in 2016.

The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is May 27. A registered voter may obtain a vote-by-mail application online at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-by-mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail-app-instruct.pdf or use the application in the voter’s sample ballot booklet mailed by the county elections office.

 

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