Skip to comments.CA: June special election may be vote-by-mail only
Posted on 02/02/2011 5:30:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Gov. Jerry Brown's planned special election in June asking voters to extend three state taxes could be an exclusively vote-by-mail ballot.
If the idea being batted around takes off, it would be a first for California.
The governor stated during his State of the State address Monday that he wants a "clear mandate" from the public for his plan, but he's also looking at his best chances of winning. And some advisers figure a mail vote would give him that chance.
A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll found that likely voters ages 35 to 54 were almost evenly split on the taxes, 50 percent "yes" to 48 percent "no."
Those over 55, on the other hand, favored five-year extensions of increases in the state personal income tax, sales tax and vehicle license fee by 56 percent to 38 percent.
Older voters are also the most likely to vote by mail.
A mail-in ballot could save counties millions of dollars in election costs. But there is a risk - disenfranchising voters in Democratic and minority-heavy Los Angeles County, where mail delivery is unreliable in spots and 71 percent of voters still cast ballots at their neighborhood precincts.
Steve Glazer, the governor's political adviser, sidestepped the possibility of a June vote-by-mail election, saying only that "step one is for the Legislature to adopt his tough budget cuts."
There is a catch, however.
Just as it would take two-thirds of the Legislature to authorize a special election, it would take a two-thirds majority to approve the vote-by-mail format.
In both cases, Brown will need Republican support.
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.. or maybe not.
Is it cheaper to have Vote by Mail only?
“Vote by mail” makes voter fraud a lot easier. The ‘RATS love it.
Great......then they wouldn’t have to check to see if all voters were legal. What a scam!
I think it is easier to cheat in the vote by mail elections. I live in Cali and I do not like when they are all mail this place is a liberal H-— hole
Once a sneaky bastard,always a sneaky bastard.Same old Jerry.
Emphasis on “Old”
Get the recall Jerry brown movement started!
I was thinking the emphasis should be on bastard.
Will it be postage prepaid???./.
Illegals and multi-voters are MOST-LIKELY to vote by mail, where no ID or showing up is required.
Wow, vote by mail concept. Can you just see the postal workers in an opposing political district make those ballots disappear? Until after the election of course...
Why not just skip the vote entirely, and just dictate what the Communist Party USA, ACORN, and SEIU want? An all-mail vote is the equivalent.
Those drooling in cups understand this.
Any suggestions made by those in government should never be trusted.
This is the latest in a series of Rat moves to subvert the American electoral process. Motor Voter, adamant refusal to require picture ID for registering and voting, incidents like the New Black Panther voter intimidation in Philly, mail voting and voting machines that can be electronically jiggered are some of the others. Scratch a rat, find a totalitarian.
The ‘Rats want power. It’s like the old fable of the frog and the scorpion — it’s in their nature.
I still think that Moonbeam’s real target is prop 13...