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Drop ballots off, don’t mail them, elections officials advise

By From page A1 | March 01, 2012

With Tuesday’s deadline for the Measure C election drawing nigh, the Yolo County Elections Office is encouraging voters who are just now returning their ballots not to depend on the mail for speedy delivery.

Instead, voters are advised to deposit their ballots in the specially marked secure drop box at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, or at the Yolo County Elections Office in Room B-05 at the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland.

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 13,691 ballots had been received, elections workers reported, out of a little more than 42,000 ballots sent to voters.

Measure C is a five-year parcel tax that would cost homeowners $320 per year per single-family home. Apartment and condominium dwellers would pay $150 per year per unit.

Measure C would generate about $6.5 million annually, to fund the classroom programs that are being paid for by the soon-to-expire Measures Q and W. Those taxes were approved by Davis voters in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

The Davis Board of Education already has approved the provisional layoff of 86.7 full-time-equivalent positions if Measure C fails to gain the necessary two-thirds majority of votes cast. The jobs range from secretaries and food preparation workers to teachers, counselors and librarians.

Voters who have questions about the location of the drop boxes may call the Yolo County Elections Department at (530) 666-8133.

Jeff Hudson

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