Local Voter Guide separate from SOS Guide – Getting it out to late registrants reimburseable

Voters who registered to vote after the E – 60 mark (60 days prior to the election) received a state voter information guide much later than voters who were already on the rolls.   Why?

The California Secretary of State’s office sends a separate voter information guide from the County. Typically, County guides (which we call Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet) contain more local information, such as local measures and candidates.  We tailor it specifically for the voters of the County.

The state guide includes statewide propositions, state or federal candidates, and other more general information that pertains to all voters within California.

They send it out pretty early — it usually starts arriving in boxes about 1 1/2 to 2 months prior to an election.  Because of this, the State relies on the Counties to send out a supplemental mailing to voters who register after the original mailing was sent.

We had a huge influx of registration, as we’ve probably mentioned a couple of times.  This necessitated sending multiple mailings of both county and state guides to ensure that voters received information about the ballot as soon as possible.

The total number of registered voters that received state guides during our supplemental mailings was 28,238. Some  costs associated with the publishing and issuing of guides to voters who register after the first issues are mailed are reimbursable. Curious about what’s reimburseable and what’s not? Visit the SOS website at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ccrov/pdf/2008/november/08319km.pdf.

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