FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Philip
August 6, 2015 Media
OF VOTERS ANNOUNCES THAT VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS WILL BE POSTAGE-PAID BEGINNING
WITH THE NOVEMBER 3, 2015 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – On the fiftieth anniversary of the
Voting Rights Act, Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey
announces that Vote by Mail ballots will feature prepaid postage beginning with
the November 3, 2015 Consolidated Election.
direction from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the Registrar of
Voters will include a new postage-paid return envelope with every Vote by Mail
ballot. Previously, voters had to pay the cost of return postage, frequently
exceeding a single first-class stamp.
that Santa Clara is only the second California county to provide postage-paid
Vote by Mail ballots, Ms. Bushey stated, “There is no more important action in
a democracy than voting. The Registrar
of Voters’ Office is dedicated to promoting democratic participation. We are passionate
about increasing voter turnout and we hope that, by providing prepaid postage
on Vote by Mail ballots, we will make it easier for busy residents to vote.”
Bushey added that this initiative may be particularly beneficial to Santa Clara
County voters because 70% of the county’s voters have chosen to vote by mail. Ballots
returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received within three
days of the election in order to count. Ballots returned at drop-off sites and
polls must be received by 8 pm.
last day to register to vote in the November 3, 2015 Consolidated Election is
October 19. Registration can be done online at www.sccvote.org or by using
the free SCCVOTE mobile app, which is
available for download on Android and Apple devices. Voters can also request a
Vote by Mail ballot at www.sccvote.org
or by using the SCCVOTE mobile app.
A voter should complete a new
registration form if he or she has moved, changed a name(s) or would like to
change his or her political party preference. To register to vote in Santa
Clara County, a voter must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on or
before Election Day, a Santa Clara County resident and not in prison or on
parole for a felony.
Online registrations will be accepted as
long as they are completed before midnight on October 19; paper registration
forms that are postmarked prior to or on October 19 will also be accepted.
Paper registration forms are available at post offices, public libraries, fire
stations, city halls and most local governmental offices. October 27 is the
last day to request a Vote by Mail ballot.
more information, contact the Registrar of Voters’ Office at 1-408-299-VOTE
(8683) or toll-free at 1-866-430-VOTE (8683), or visit www.sccvote.org.
# # #