What has Candace Grubbs done to raise voter turn-out?

2 Jun

I just got a reminder from my friends at the Tea Party – tomorrow is Primary, and if you haven’t mailed your “absentee ballot,” you’ll have to turn it in a polling station or at the clerk’s office in Oroville.

An article in the May 28 Oroville Mercury Register reports that only 19 percent of more than 74,000 ballots have been returned. Wow, 74,000 voters registered absentee – but don’t get their ballots in?

I’ll admit, this was a depressing election, we ¬†really didn’t have much to vote about. I will admit, I “undervoted” – I didn’t fill in bubbles for every candidate, I can’t just hold my nose and vote for anybody. But I did vote against Candace Grubbs and a couple of other long-time ass-planters, just to let them know I’m not happy with the job they’ve been doing.

For one thing, Grubbs, who enjoys a good salary and a hefty budget for her department, could send out a reminder a couple of weeks out, tell those people, MAIL IT NOW! ¬†She sends a reminder at some point in March, telling us to be looking for our ballots in May, so I don’t know why she can’t send out the same little postcards in mid-May, reminding absentee voters that the deadline is coming up.

Another thing I got a gripe about is the little mechanism she has on her website to see if your absentee ballot had been received and is “good” isn’t working this year. I’ve used it twice in past, and I think it’s important – what if I find out, they never received my ballot? If the post office is as good at delivering these ballots as they are at delivering my Christmas packages, I’d say, about 40 percent of those mailed in have been lost/destroyed.

I’ll have to give the clerk’s office a jingle today, because if they haven’t received my ballot, I might just go down there and fill out a new one. I might have to ask Old Candy to pay for my gas, see what color her face turns.

I predict voter turnout this primary is going to be a new record low.

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2 Responses to “What has Candace Grubbs done to raise voter turn-out?”

  1. Tony St. Amant June 2, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    So you’re in favor of “nanny government?” How many notices should the Clerk-Recorder sent out? If one doesn’t work, should she send more? Ridiculous suggestion from someone who is constantly carping about the size and expense of government.

    • Juanita Sumner June 2, 2014 at 6:51 am #

      Read my post again Tony, I said, she already gets an enormous budget to “serve” us. It’s already paid for, but we don’t get it. Just like a lot of service we pay for but don’t get Downtown.

      When I asked Grubbs if she wanted to come in to talk to our group, she said she didn’t want to come to Chico unless I could guarantee her a big turn-out, she didn’t want to waste her personal time on some penny-anny group. Well, Al Petersen told us she gets a few thousand dollars a year as part of her contract, which is supposed to be used for gas and other travel expenses “to engage civic groups.” That’s her job, and she gets the money, but when was the last time you heard of her engaging the public?

      Yes, I carp about the size and expense of government, because they don’t serve anybody but themselves Tony. Just like pensioners, who sit on their fat pension checks and do nothing for the community but drive up the cost of living for productive people.

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