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March 7 election info out in mail

Rebecca Martinez, county clerk-recorder and registrar of voters, has announced that vote-by-mail ballots for the Tuesday, March 7, special election for unincorporated areas of the county will go in the mail Monday, Feb. 6.

Voter information guides for that election already have been mailed, she said.

The purpose of the election is to decide the fate of the 1 percent public safety sales tax being proposed for the unincorporated areas of the county by the Board of Supervisors.

The uses of the tax, if approved by voters, would be:

  • To improve firefighting services throughout the county.

  • To increase the number of paid and volunteer firefighters.

  • To improve instructional and training services for volunteer firefighters.

  • To increase the number of sheriff’s deputies.

The measure would be subject to annual public audits for 20 years, and all funds would be controlled locally pursuant to Ordinance. No. 683.

Polls on election day will be open at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m.

When voting by mail, follow the instructions provided with your ballot, Martinez said. Voters must sign the blue identification envelope where indicated, and affix proper postage if returning the ballot by mail.

Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before election day and received within three days of the election to be considered timely.

To check the status of your vote by mail ballot online, visit the website at

For more information, contact the Elections Division at 675-7720 or toll free at 800-435-0509. Si desea información en Español, llame a 559-675-7720 o gratis al 800-435-0509.

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