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Elections Office keeping a close eye on ballot mailings

Monday last day to register to vote in November
By: Jenifer Gee, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn’s Randy Friedlander was getting anxious as he awaited the arrival of his absentee ballot in the mail. When it didn’t come, it set off a visit to the voter registration office, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Auburn post office. “I feel like I’m getting the runaround,” Fried-lander said. Ryan Ronco, assistant recorder and registrar for the Placer County Elections Office, said the registration office keeps a close eye on mail that is returned to the office. He explained that happens mostly when a resident has moved to a new address or when it is a bad address. He said some residents have called saying they haven’t received a sample ballot or not yet received their vote-by-mail ballot, but they typically receive one or the other. “I think we would’ve seen something there or had a lot of telephone calls,” Ronco said. “We’re not getting a lot of individuals who have not received their materials.” Ronco said he recalled hearing of Friedlander’s mailing problem but said he believes it has since been fixed. Ronco said the last day to register to vote for this election is Monday at midnight. Absentee voters must request their vote-by-mail ballot seven days before the election, which is Oct. 28. He encouraged all voters to call the registration office if they feel they are not receiving any election material or their ballot. The office is open for the next three weekends leading up to the election. Voters can call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the voter registration office at (530) 886-5650. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment at auburnjournal.com