SLO mail-in ballots contain error
June 1, 2016
The envelopes delivered with San Luis Obispo County vote-by-mail ballots incorrectly instruct voters, “Mail early. Postmarks do not count.” After a change in state law, vote-by-mail ballots will now be counted if they are postmarked on election day and reach elections officials within the following three days. [Tribune]
County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said the error occurred because of a miscommunication between his office and the ballot printers. SLO County elections officials placed ballots in the mail on May 9, but the error went unnoticed until Tuesday.
Gong said the county will not issue new ballot envelopes for the June 7 primary, but vote-by-mail ballots will be counted in accordance with the new law. Still, Gong said it is preferred to turn in ballots, earlier, rather than later.
This election cycle, about 100,000 SLO County voters are registered to vote by mail, a record for the county.