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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2007
CONTACT:Barbara Dunmore
Riverside County Registrar of Voters
(951) 486-7330

County Registrar of Voters SealAbsentee Voters Ballot Envelopes

The Registrar of Voters began mailing ballots to absentee voters October 9th. Voters receiving the new Optech absentee ballots may notice a secrecy sleeve is no longer provided to place the ballot in before mailing. “Secrecy sleeves were previously used to hold the #2 pencil in place during mailing” states Registrar of Voters Barbara Dunmore, “we don’t send the pencil anymore because the new (Optech) ballots can be marked with any writing instrument.” Voters do receive a pre-addressed envelope for returning the ballot.

The Registrar of Voters encourages voters concerned about secrecy to back fold the single-sided ballots. “They should handle them the same way they would a check placed in the mail,” states Dunmore, “you don’t face it outward if you’re worried someone might hold it up to the light and try to discern it’s markings.”

California election law does not require secrecy sleeves and the Secretary of State’s recent voting directives provides they be given to polling place voters only. Providing secrecy sleeves to all absentee voters in a countywide election costs $45,000 according to the Registrar’s office.

The last day to request and absentee ballot for the November 6 election is October 31.