Mendocino and Lake county voters rush to register
Registration open until Oct. 22 for presidential election
Published: Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:48 p.m.
Mendocino and Lake counties residents are rushing to register in time for November’s presidential election.
About 800 voters have signed up to cast ballots since Aug. 31, bringing the total number of registered voters to 48,673, said Katrina Bartolomie, assistant registrar of voters in Mendocino County.
“Presidential elections are always more interesting,” she said.
A similar number of voters have registered in Lake County since September. That county now has 34,436 registered voters, officials said.
Between 12 and 40 people a day have been coming to the office to register, said Lake County Deputy Registrar of Voters Maria Valadez. A similar spike occurred before the primary election in June.
Prospective voters have until Oct. 22 to register, Bartolomie noted.
She urged people who have moved, changed their names or married to re-register. People can now register to vote online, she noted.
The last day to register for a vote by mail ballot is Oct. 30.
Absentee ballots began arriving in mail boxes this week, and more than 500 people already have returned their ballots in Mendocino County, Bartolomie said.
Only a handful of Lake County ballots have been turned in, said Valadez.
The ballots include a number of local, state and federal races in addition to the presidential election.
In Mendocino County’s local races, three people are running for two seats on the Fort Bragg City Council. Eight people are running for three seats on the Point Arena City Council, and five people are running for three seats on the Willits City Council.
Only the incumbents signed up to run for their seats on the Ukiah City Council. There also was no challenger to the incumbent treasurer, who will be re-appointed to his position.
The Mendocino County ballot also includes six special district and school elections and two ballot measures.
Measure F is an advisory measure that calls for ending corporate personhood, stating that only human beings have constitutional rights and that money does not constitute free speech.
Measure G would renew the county’s abandoned vehicle abatement program by continuing an annual $1 per vehicle fee.
In Lake County, six candidates are vying for three seats on the Lakeport City Council, two are in a runoff for superior court judge and eight are seeking three open seats on the Clearlake City Council.
Only one of several school and special district elections will appear on the ballot because the number of candidates in other races did not exceed the number of vacancies.
Lake County’s ballot also includes three measures. Measure E would impose a half-percent sales tax aimed at controlling invasive animal and plant life in Clear Lake. Measure G would impose a 1 percent sales tax for road repairs. Measure F would allow the South Lake Fire Protection District to increase its spending limits. It does not include a tax increase.
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