Measure E ballot: Operating instructions
By now, you should have received your special, mail-only ballot for the Measure E parcel tax vote. Ballots are due in to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters by June 22. And there are no polling places, I repeat, no polling places for this election.
In an effort to ensure that every vote is counted, The Island contacted Deputy Registrar of Voters Cynthia M. Cornejo to get the 411 on how to fill out that and turn in ballot, what you can do to make sure your vote is counted and what happens from there.
Your first step, of course, is to fill out the ballot by connecting the arrow at either Yes or No using a black or blue ballpoint pen, and the next is to place the ballot in that nifty orange envelope the folks at the Registrar’s office have provided. The next step is critical: Turn the envelope over and sign it in the space provided, because your vote won’t be counted unless you sign.
Cornejo said that if you miss the line on the back of the envelope you were supposed to sign, your vote will still be counted as long as the signature is there, somewhere.
“As long as we see the signature, we will count it,” Cornejo said.
You can then date the back of the envelope and put your return address on the front – though they’ll still count your vote if you forget either or both of those – and either put it in the mail (postage is paid) or hand deliver it to the Registrar’s office, which is in the basement of 1225 Fallon Street in Oakland, or at the Alameda City Clerk’s office, which is in Room 340 of Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.
If you’re mailing your ballot in, Cornejo said you should probably get it out the door by Friday, June 18 to ensure it gets to the Registrar’s office by June 22 (since it needs to be there by that date, not just postmarked by that date, to be counted). Otherwise, both the Registrar’s office and the City Clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m. on June 22 to take ballots that are delivered in person.
And if you want to check to make sure your ballot got to the Registrar, they’ll have a handy little online utility that lets you track your ballot.
She said election results could be out shortly after 8 p.m. on June 22. Legally, the Registrar can start counting votes up to seven business days before the election closes. And since there are no polling places to close, Cornejo said she expects the vote count for this election to proceed just a little bit more quickly than, say, the ohsoclose 2008 vote for Measure H, which took more than a week to count.
If you’ve got any additional questions about how to vote in this election, you can contact the Registrar’s office at 272-6973.
Incidentally, if you wanted to vote on this but are not yet registered, there’s still time. You have until June 7 – 15 days before the election closes – to register to vote. For more information on registering to vote, click here.