Tuesday, February 24, 2009

26th State Senate Primary Election -- factsheet


Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Fact Sheet

March 24, 2009

26th State Senate District Special Primary Election

The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) will be conducting the 26th State Senate District Special Primary Election on March 24, 2009. The purpose of the Special Primary Election is for electing party candidates for the Special General Election on May 19 which will be held to fill a vacancy in the 26th State Senate District for the unexpired term ending December 1, 2010.  The vacancy resulted from the resignation of the office by Mark Ridley-Thomas after he was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the Second District.



Ballot Groups:                          1

Vote at Poll Precincts:                 337
Vote by Mail Precincts:                            17
Average Voters per Precinct:                  1,166
Registered Voters:                                  *393,017

Check in Centers:                               7 (RR/CC Field Representatives will transport the red

                                             boxes from the Check-in Centers to Norwalk)

Precinct Officers:                              1348 (4 per polling place)

Poll Hours:                                     7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sample Ballot Translations:             Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog

Election Cost Estimate: $2.2 million

*Figure as of 2/9/09


The deadline to request a Vote by Mail ballot is Tuesday, March 17 for voters wishing to vote by mail. Under special circumstances, a voter may request an emergency Vote by Mail ballot beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Election Day, March 24 at the RR/CC Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Room 3002, Norwalk.  Voters may check the status of their Vote by Mail ballot online at www.lavote.net by clicking the Mail Ballot Status button on the main page.  Additional information regarding this service or any questions regarding Vote by Mail voting can be obtained by calling the Vote by Mail Unit at (562) 466-1323 weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by accessing the RR/CC website at www.lavote.net.  


If any candidate receives a majority of votes (50% + 1) cast at the Special Primary Election, he or she shall be declared elected and the Special General Election shall not be held.

If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast at the Special Primary Election, the name of the candidate of each qualified political party who receives the most votes cast for all candidates of that party shall be placed on the May 19th Special General Election ballot as the candidate of that party.


The unexpired term ends December 1, 2010.



All voting will take place using InkaVote ballots.  Additionally, InkaVote Plus voting equipment will be available at all 337 voting precincts on Election Day to provide: 1) error-detection for all voters prior to casting the ballot, i.e. allowing voters the opportunity to correct a mistake, such as voting for too many candidates in a race or casting a blank ballot and 2) an audio voting option for voters with visual impairments and/or voters who prefer translation assistance in designated languages.  All ballots, whether cast at the voting precincts on Election Day or by mail, will be centrally counted at RR/CC Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk 90650.



On election night, semi-official election results will be available by 1) calling the RR/CC at the telephone numbers listed below, up until all precinct ballots are counted and 2) accessing the Internet at the RR/CC website listed below: 

Telephone Numbers:              Public (562) 466-1310

                                        Media (562) 462-2648 or (562) 462-2726

RR/CC Website:                  www.lavote.net

Semi-official Vote by Mail election results may be available at approximately 8:15 p.m.  As precinct ballots arrive during the evening, updated cumulative results will be available and posted on the RR/CC website.

All ballots cannot be counted on election night.  Election night results are always semi-official.  Additional ballots are counted in the days following the election including:  1) Vote by Mail ballots received through the mail or dropped off at the polls on Election Day.  Vote by Mail ballots must be individually signature-verified and then opened prior to tabulation; 2) provisional ballots cast at the voting precincts on Election Day by persons whose eligibility to vote cannot immediately be verified.  Provisional ballots must be individually researched to determine eligibility; 3) damaged ballots that are unable to be processed through the election tally equipment and must be manually duplicated prior to tabulation; and 4) ballots containing write-in votes which must be individually reviewed to determine if the write-in vote is for a qualified/unqualified write-in candidate.




Precinct results will be available in the RR/CC Election Information Section after NOON on March 25th.  Telephone hours on the day after the election are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Telephone Numbers:              Public (562) 466-1310

                                        Media (562) 462-2648 or (562) 462-2726



The RR/CC will conduct the Official Canvass from Wednesday, March 25 to Friday, March 27. 

On Friday, March 27, 2009, the RR/CC is tentatively scheduled to complete the Official Canvass and certify the election results to the Secretary of State.  (E.C. 15301 & 15372)

Final official election results will be posted on the RR/CC website www.lavote.net by 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27 (earlier in the day, if possible). 

c/m/m: fs 26SS 3-24-09

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