“MISS (from Jo Ann Rebane): To the Elections Office for the recent voter registration confirmation postcard which did not require a positive, affirmative response or signature confirmation of ‘no changes to name, address, party …’ And another miss to the postcard which practically hides the news, by putting it under the flap, that all ballots will be vote by mail ballots for the June primary.”
The Rebanes are now using The Union’s “hit or miss” column to grind their axes with the Elections Office and its able administrator, Greg Diaz. In the past, the Rebanes have been known to be “poll watchers” — keeping close tabs on the Elections Office for all of us. Thank God they are looking out for us! What on earth would happen otherwise?
As for the postcard, it was a cost-efficient mailer that offered a chance to keep the voter rolls current and also had some up-to-date and cost-efficient procedures for voters: receive a paper sample ballot by email instead of “snail mail” — a modern and cost-efficient idea; or be contacted via text messages and cell, instead of an antiquated “land line.” There also were boxes to update registration information.
And rather than being “hidden” — a ridiculous comment — the postcard read at the top: “Starting in June 2018, Big Changes are Coming to Nevada County Elections. This will provide greater flexibility and convenience for Nevada County Voters….”
For so-called technologists you’d think the Rebanes would appreciate getting a sample ballot online. I know I will: It can be viewed on my mobile device, it’s convenient, it’s free, it’s good for the planet, and — hello Rebanes — IT SAVES TAX DOLLARS.
You have to wonder if the real issue is that the local voter roles are switching from red to purple and blue as more citizens register to vote. And more younger people, many of whom vote “D,” not “R,” are the ones who will be glad to embrace all these changes!
It’s not the “Leave it to Beaver” era anymore. Let’s face it, this was just another partisan political cheap shot directed at a nonpartisan office and an administrator who was elected by his peers in 2015 to the office of President of the County Recorders Association of California for a two-year term.
And shame on The Union for not doing any fact checking and just publishing this. Of course, one of its own staffers is running against Diaz for Elections Officer. What a farce!