Sacramento County taxpayers get the bill for election office mistakes

Sacramento County elections workers sent the wrong sample ballot to thousands of registered voters. Now county taxpayers are being sent the bill.

The Sacramento Bee reports, “A pair of blunders by the Sacramento County elections office that omitted information from the sample ballot booklet sent to thousands ofregistered voters is costing taxpayers more than $68,000 and has the potential to affect voting in the Nov. 4 election.”

The county inadvertently omitted the state Democratic Party’s list of endorsed candidates in the sample ballot, but did print the Republican and American Independent party endorsements. It also failed to print a candidate statement from one of the candidates for Sacramento City Council.

Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine blamed the errors on a confusing mix of information coming in by mail, email, fax and telephone and said her office would work harder to ensure that such omissions do not occur again.

“Regardless of what happened, it didn’t get put in and we’re going to make it right,” LaVine told the Bee.


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