Rebanes use The Union’s “hit or miss” column to grind axes with Elections Office

“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!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

4 thoughts on “Rebanes use The Union’s “hit or miss” column to grind axes with Elections Office”

  1. When election time rolls around in Nevada County -one thing remains concrete.
    “Whoever the Rebanes are against— I will vote for! They are the problem in this County not the solution. Right wing, Race baiting, ugly politics. Enough of them forever-

  2. I’m with you Chip. I have the feeling that they think by spewing their babble they will win us over. That for sure won’t happen

  3. The union’s entry in this election is running because… she likes elections. Who needs qualifications for the position she is running for? We don’t need to pay taxpayer dollars to train another County office holder. What exactly will those that are funding her campaign and large signs receive in exchange?

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