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Nearly 10,000 Measure C ballots returned to Elections Office

By From page A1 | February 22, 2012

As of midday Tuesday, the Yolo County Elections Office had received 9,446 ballots from local voters in the Measure C Davis school parcel tax election.

A total of 42,416 ballots were mailed to voters on Feb. 6, and roughly 5,300 had been marked and returned by voters a week later.

Voter registration for the Measure C election closed Tuesday.

Ballots are due back at the Yolo County Elections Office by 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. There’s still time to mail them now, but voters sending their ballots on or after March 1 would be advised to drop them in secure containers at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, or at the Elections Office, Room B-05 at the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland.

Ballots can be deposited in these bins as late as 8 p.m. March 6.

Two-thirds of those voting must approve Measure C if it is to pass. The measure, which essentially renews two expiring taxes (Measures Q and W), would levy an annual tax of $320 per single-family home and $150 per apartment unit. It would expire in June 2017.

Last year, during the election for Measure A, a two-year “emergency” school parcel tax, 43,315 ballots were sent to voters, and 38 percent were returned. That represented a slightly higher turnout rate than in several recent special elections held with traditional polling places, elections officials reported.

A total of 16,492 Measure A ballots were cast last year. If the pattern of voting that occurred last year proves to be an accurate predictor of Measure C , then it is possible that nearly two-thirds of the voters who will decide the fate of Measure C may have voted by now.

Ballot status

Voters can visit the Yolo County Elections Office website, www.yoloelections.org, to see if their mailed-in ballot has been received. Click on the “Find the status of your mail ballot” tab.

Voters can determine whether their ballot has been received by entering their first and last names plus ZIP code or consolidated precinct number. Alternately, voters can enter the vote-by-mail ID number that was on the envelope sent by the Elections Department containing the voter’s ballot.

‘No on C’ hot line

The No on Measure C campaign has established a 24-hour telephone line “to help the organized effort to defeat the measure,” according to a news release. The telephone number is (707) 793-2258.

According to Jose Granda, one of the organizers of the No School Board Taxes Political Action Committee, “people are fed up with the terrorizing of Davis residents by the school board pressuring them to approve the measure,” so the No on C campaign has “decided to look for alternative means of communication to get the truth out.”

The No on Measure C campaign also has a website, www.noschoolboardtaxes.org.

The Yes for Our Students campaign, which supports Measure C, also has a website, www.yesforourstudents.org.

Both campaigns have been handing out yard signs to their respective supporters, and both sides have been sending pre-recorded “robocalls” to voters. The Yes for Our Students campaign also is organizing phone bank volunteers for live calls, and at least one pro-Measure C postcard has gone out in the mail.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or (530) 747-8055.

Jeff Hudson

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