With the primary election less than a week away, the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office has initiated an investigation with the Secretary of State after a heap of voter registration cards were mishandled.
According to County Clerk Julie Rodewald, although roughly 900 prospective voters signed their voter registration cards prior to the deadline, they were turned in to her office too late to be legally considered for the June 5 primary.
The registration cards were collected by several people working on the Cal Poly and Cuesta College campuses, Rodewald said, though it was unknown at press time if they were school employees or voter drive volunteers.
“This is a serious violation of the law and the voters’ trust,” she said in a prepared statement, adding that the Secretary of State’s fraud division has been contacted to “ensure an investigation is pursued.”
According to the statement, anyone assisting in voter registration is required to return signed cards within three days of collection. The office has already determined that some of the late cards were held “far beyond” the three-days window, and were submitted as many as four days past the deadline.
Rodewald told New Times to remind voters that they should receive a notification card in the mail from the clerk’s office if they are properly registered.
Anyone who does not receive a mailed notification is encouraged to call 781-5228 for instructions on how to confirm they can vote.