Error Noted in Some Primary Election Pamphlets

June Primary ballots to be corrected for San Anselmo, parts of Southern Marin.

The following is a news release from the County of Marin: 

Voter information pamphlets for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election mailed to voters in San Anselmo and other Southern Marin jurisdictions outside of the Marin County Library District included Marin County Library District Measure A in error. The pamphlets for voters in Corte Madera, Fairfax, Novato, Ross and the unincorporated areas of the county are correct.


According to Elaine Ginnold, Marin County Registrar of Voters, the error that put Measure A on the ballots occurred when her office coded Measure A as a countywide measure instead of a district measure. Ginnold learned about the error from the Town Clerk of San Anselmo, Joanne Kessel. The Town of San Anselmo has its own library parcel tax measure (Measure E) on the June 3 ballot.


“I take full responsibility for this mistake and apologize to voters for any confusion this has caused them,” Ginnold said. “Although it is too late to correct the voter pamphlet, the official ballots will be corrected and will not include Measure A for voters who live outside of the County Library District.”


The cost to correct the official ballots was estimated at $100,000, which is available in the Elections Office budget for the current fiscal year. In the interest of fair election practices and diffusing confusion, County staff believes the extra cost will be worth the assurance the voters have accurate ballots.


Voting for the June 3 election began May 5 at the Elections Office. Official ballots will be mailed to vote-by-mail voters starting Friday, May 9.

Ventress Dugan May 06, 2014 at 10:44 PM
This is a BIG mistake from the person who took such great offense from the wording of Toni Shroyer's job description. I go to meetings and I vote in every election.
Sam May 07, 2014 at 06:00 AM
Thank you club members for your vote on measure A. This will keep our local schools going for eight more years .
DMC May 08, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Sam/ATO/TFYV/Name changer unextroadinaire--------You are living proof the money does not equal better education---If you add a 9 year tax to one that doesn't expire until 2015---isn't that 10 years?
Hopkin May 08, 2014 at 02:36 PM
DMC, here is a Topix flashback featuring our very own SAM! http://www.topix.com/forum/city/novato-ca/T10SB0QGRAUNDCM8T
M. Calwald May 23, 2014 at 01:52 AM
Why isn't Ginnold taking the high road and retiring NOW? She should forgo her pension until her $100,000 mistake is repaid to the taxpayers. Shameful of Ms. Ginnold to just keep on smiling.


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