Bilingual ballots now available

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe U.S. Department of Justice requires it when 5 percent or more of registered voters in 18 targeted precincts are of Hispanic descent, she said. Los Angeles County’s criteria is stricter: 3 percent or more. Spanish-language assistance will be offered Election Day at 18 precincts chosen through 2000 census figures. Voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose three City Council members from among 11 candidates in a campaign whose issues range from jammed traffic to redeveloping downtown Newhall to growth within and outside city limits. The winners will be the trio who snag the most votes. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. In the race, eight challengers are hoping to unseat Mayor Laurene Weste, Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean and Councilman Frank Ferry, who are seeking new four-year terms. SANTA CLARITA – For the first time in a Santa Clarita municipal election, the sample ballots mailed out to voters were printed in both English and Spanish. The inclusion of Spanish on the sample ballots for Tuesday’s City Council election prompted some complaints to City Hall. “This was the first time we had the bilingual sample ballot in English and Spanish to comply with the federal law,” said City Clerk Sharon Dawson. “Some voters are not happy getting materials in Spanish.” Spanish was included because this election is the first first time Santa Clarita has met criteria that trigger the dual-language format, city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. The challengers are Michael Cruz, a paralegal in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office; Jo Ann Smith Curtis, a retired trial attorney; Ken Dean, a teacher and business owner; Mark Hershey, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant; Dwight McDonald, a California Highway Patrol sergeant; Jack Murphy, a businessman; Lynne Plambeck, a business owner and Newhall County Water District board member; and Henry Schultz, a retired scientist. More than 79,000 of the city’s 175,000 residents are registered to vote – 5,000 more than in the 2004 race when voters re-elected Councilmen Bob Kellar and Cameron Smyth. Absentee ballots have accounted for more than half of all votes cast in the 2000, 2002 and 2004 races. So far, voters have cast more than 5,000 absentee ballots for Tuesday’s race, Dawson said. “More people are voting by mail,” Dawson said. “It’s more convenient; they can fit it into their own schedule.” After the polls close Tuesday night, spectators can watch a ballot-counting machine tally the votes precinct by precinct in council chambers. Those who prefer to stay home can tune to Channel 20 for a live TV broadcast. Absentee votes will be counted first. Unofficial results may be posted on the city’s Web site by 10 p.m. The final outcome may not be known until signatures on absentee and provisional ballots cast at the polls are verified by the County Registrar-Recorder. The official winners will be certified at the April 25 City Council meeting. Sample ballots will be available at City Hall through election day, but it is too late to apply for an absentee ballot. Marked absentee ballots can be cast at City Hall or at a designated polling place. For more information, visit the city’s Web site at www.votesantaclarita.com, or call (661) 255-4391. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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