Have you received your mail-in ballot?

16 Oct

My husband and I watch a lot of Sacramento News – just to see what’s going on in the outside world. What we found out lately is, Clerk/Recorders in other counties are being way more proactive about getting people to vote.  In fact, people are already returning their ballots in Sacramento, and I haven’t even received mine yet.

Of course, I got the voter guide sent out by the state. And my PO Box is full of campaign crap from every Tom, Dick and Kasey, but the clerk can’t seem to get my ballot delivered.

What is with that bitch?

For years I’ve got my voting information at my PO Box, because my home mail service is sketchy at best. For 15 years it’s just got worse and worse – here’s a tip, don’t complain, the post office folks have ways of making you very miserable. You should have seen what they did to our Christmas packages for years.  So, we just started changing everything to our PO Box. Which is great, you don’t have to worry about porch pirates, and the service at the post office is fantastic compared to home delivery.

So we’ve been getting our voting materials at that PO Box for over five years now, without a hitch. Until this year, when we found a notice in our home mail box that we should receive our mail in ballot between October 10 and October 18. The notice included a change of address form. I wanted to call the clerk’s office and ask why my address had  been changed when I’d been getting my stuff at that mailbox for at least two elections, but I decided just to turn in the change of address form. That was back in September.

Then I received two of my three property tax bills at my home mail box. And here’s the other thing – one of my neighbors’ prop tax bills was included in my stack. That’s my mail man! And that’s why I got the PO Box. So I sat right down and called the Tax Collector’s office, left a message asking for the mailing address to be changed (without asking why two of three had been switched in the first place, cause I also know better than to mess with the Tax Collector). I received a call back within 24 hours telling me the change had been made. They even sent me new bills within a week.

But still no mail in ballot or local election guide, either at my home mail box or my PO Box.

The clerk has two more days to get that ballot into my mail box, one or the other. I don’t know what to do if it doesn’t come – last time I contacted her about the issue of missing ballots she was in my face HOSTILE.


We have too many people in public service who think they are above question. 

Let me know if your ballot has turned up or not. 

UPDATE: I finally got my mail-in ballot and voter guide yesterday, October 17, one day short of the deadline, and roughly two weeks til Election Day. Meaning, about a week to get my ballot back in the mail, for Prudence’ sake. 

We need a new clerk. A young person who is willing to take a rational salary and pay their own benefits. Oh, and actually do the job.


2 Responses to “Have you received your mail-in ballot?”

  1. Jim October 16, 2018 at 5:07 am #

    Just got my ballot yesterday, Monday 10/15.

    • Juanita Sumner October 16, 2018 at 6:25 am #

      Well that answers my question – they’re late. By the time we got the notice people in Sacto already had their ballots.

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