Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fact Sheet for South Pasadena School District election


Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Fact Sheet

June 16, 2009

South Pasadena Unified School District Special Parcel Tax Election



The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) will be conducting the South Pasadena Unified School District Special Parcel Tax Election on June 16, 2009.  The purpose of the election is for voters in the South Pasadena Unified School District to vote Yes or No on whether to levy an annual special tax for four years (see complete measure text on Page 2). The election is being conducted as a special Vote by Mail election.

The RR/CC has established a satellite ballot drop off location to be in operation on Election Day.  The drop-off location is provided for the convenience of voters.  Voters in the district who did not have an opportunity to mail back their Vote by Mail ballot can use this location to drop-off their voted ballot, as opposed to RR/CC Headquarters in Norwalk:

                Where:  South Pasadena City Hall – Council Chambers

                                1414 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

                When:   Tuesday, June 16, 2009

                                 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Note:  This is not a voting location.  RR/CC staff will be on hand to accept voted ballots only.  A secured ballot box will be available to house the ballots dropped off by voters.  After 8:00 p.m., RR/CC staff will secure the ballot box and deliver it with the voted ballot box to the RR/CC Headquarters.



Ballot Group:   1

Vote at Poll Precincts: 0

Vote by Mail Precincts: 21

Average Voters per Precinct:    720

Active Registered Voters:       *15,112

Vote by Mail Ballot Return Deadline:    Tuesday, June 16th, by 8:00 p.m.

Sample Ballot Translations:     2 – Chinese, Spanish

Estimated Cost of Election:     $65,000

*Figure as of 6/02/09


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All eligible registered voters in the district were automatically mailed Official Vote by Mail ballots and Sample Ballot booklets.  Voters may also access Sample Ballot contents interactively on the RR/CC website and clicking View Sample Ballot in the Online Services box of the main page.

Deadline for voted ballots to be received by the RR/CC: Tuesday, June 16th, by 8:00 p.m.
NOTE:  To be counted, voters must return their voted ballots by mail with sufficient time for delivery to the RR/CC by 8 p.m. on June 16th (postmarks are not acceptable), or in person to the RR/CC Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650, or dropped at the satellite ballot drop off location - So. Pasadena City Hall – Council Chambers, 1414 Mission Street, So. Pasadena, CA 91030, no later than 8 p.m. on June 16th.

Replacement Ballots – If voters damage or lose their ballot, a replacement ballot may be requested by contacting the Vote by Mail Unit at (562) 466-1323, weekdays, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or in person at the RR/CC Headquarters, 12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650, prior to Election Day.  

For additional information regarding Vote by Mail voting, voters may call 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

Deadline to register to vote:  Monday, June 1st
Registration status may be checked online at by clicking the Voter Registration Status button on the main page or by calling the RR/CC at (562) 466-1310 or (562) 466-1323.

S – SOUTH PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION.  To offset severe cuts in State funding for schools and protect the quality of education; to help prevent teacher layoffs, class size increases, and cuts including libraries, arts, music, and classroom academics, shall the South Pasadena Unified School District levy an annual special tax for four years at $95/unit in multi-unit parcels and $288 for other parcels, with a senior exemption; independent, citizens oversight committee; no funds for administrator salaries; and with every dollar staying in South Pasadena schools?


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Passage of the measure requires 2/3 of the total votes cast.



All voting will take place using InkaVote ballots.  All ballots will be centrally tabulated 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 Vote by Mail

      ballots that were pre-processed and signature verified 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:           

Semi-official election results may be available at approximately 8:30 p.m.  As needed, 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/weeks following the election including:

1)      Vote by Mail ballots received through the mail and at polling places, or the RR/CC office, on Election Day.  Vote by Mail ballots must be individually signature-verified and then opened prior to tabulation;

2)      Provisional ballots cast at the RR/CC by persons whose eligibility to vote cannot immediately be verified.  Provisional ballots must be individually researched to determine eligibility; and

3)      Damaged ballots that the RR/CC is unable to process through the election tally equipment and must be duplicated in order to re-process.

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Semi-official election results will be available in the RR/CC Election Information Section, by phone and on the RR/CC website.  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

        RR/CC Website:        



The canvass of election returns shall commence no later than the first Thursday following the election. (June 18th).  (E.C. §§ 10547 & 15301)

The official canvass must be completed by the elections official within 28 days of the election.  The legal deadline for the County Elections Official to certify the election results is July 14, 2009.  (E.C.  § 15372)

NOTE: On Friday, June 26, 2009, the RR/CC is tentatively scheduled to certify the election results.  On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to declare the election results official.  (E.C.  § 15501)

c/m/m: fs SP 6-16-09


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