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City unveils improved election Web site

VoteSantaClarita.com provides voter essentials in English and Spanish

Posted: November 23, 2009 10:45 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2009 6:00 a.m.
 

The city has redesigned its election Web site, VoteSantaClarita.com, in preparation for the City Council campaign which will culminate in the April 13 election.

Santa Clarita officials are encouraging residents to get familiar with the resources available on the site early.

VoteSantaClarita.com includes links with information on how to register to vote, how to vote by mail as well as an interactive form that shows voters their nearest polling place.

The city has had similar Web sites for past elections, but nothing this comprehensive or easy for voters to navigate and use, said City Manager Ken Pulskamp.

He said the site will serve as the city's election information hub - all information on the site is available in both English and Spanish.
"We want to get more people to come to the polls," Pulskamp said. "We need to make sure residents have a say in who is on City Council. We're eager to do anything we can to get more people to cast a ballot."

City elections generally have low voter turnouts. Only about 15 percent of the 79,000 registered voters in Santa Clarita voted in the 2006 City Council election.

Besides voting resources, the site contains a slew of other information including precinct maps as well as previous election vote totals and history.

It also includes scanned copies of campaign disclosure forms.

Some of the site's pages, like the candidate information page, either have no information or are unfinished.

All of the sites pages will be complete by January, Pulskamp said.

The candidate information page will be finished after candidate registration ends in December, he said.

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