June 5 is just around the corner and the County Clerk’s Office has been busy for weeks preparing for Election Day.

Column by Colleen Setzer
Siskiyou County Clerk

June 5 is just around the corner and the County Clerk’s Office has been busy for weeks preparing for Election Day. My office is in the midst of hiring poll workers, preparing poll worker classes, ordering ballots and sample ballots and processing voter registrations. And a lot of activity has been going on behind the scenes as well.

I am so excited to announce a newly-redesigned elections website, complete with a new web address.
Users of the site can now more easily access information. Our new web address is  www.sisqvotes.org.
Additionally, I have a new email address: colleen@sisqvotes.org.

How about helping me out to ensure the site is useful and educational – take a look through it and then email me with your helpful comments and suggestions.

Something else that I am very excited about is our Going Green campaign. As a voter, you now have the choice of receiving your sample ballot via mail or via the web.

The new elections website includes a link to “opt out” of receiving your booklet by mail. Your June Sample Ballot booklet will include information about this option as well.

If you “opt out” of receiving your booklet by mail you can access it online. Why not try it out? If you don’t like it, you can always change your mind. This service is being offered to voters in Siskiyou County as a convenience but has the added benefit of being cost effective as well.

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the County Clerk’s Office during an election? If so, you have the opportunity to witness for yourself the many steps in preparing for an election, as I am seeking interested persons to volunteer to observe election processes for the June 5 Presidential Primary Election.

These processes include pre-election logic and accuracy testing; attending a poll worker training class; processing vote-by-mail ballots; processing voters at the polls; tabulation of elections results on election night; and the post-election canvass.

Although being a nonpaid volunteer election observer requires a commitment of time; it is an informative and rewarding experience and assists in my goal of ensuring the integrity and openness of the election process.

To completely uphold the integrity of our processes, volunteer observers cannot be candidates or personally related to any candidate running for office on the June 5 ballot.

If you’re interested in volunteering as an unpaid volunteer election observer, email me at colleen@sisqvotes.org or give me a call at 842-8084 as soon as possible, for further information and a tentative schedule of election-related activities.

This election is the first conducted under the new “Top Two” primary election laws. These new laws affect the way candidates for certain federal offices and state offices are elected.

Access more information about this on the elections website, www.sisqvotes.org or www.sos.ca.gov.

While the County Clerk’s Office is working hard in preparation for the June election, are you prepared for it? The first step in preparation is registering to vote.

In California, you must be registered to vote at least 15 days in advance of the election. For the June 5 election, the last day to register to vote is May 21. Eligibility to vote includes being at least 18 years old on or before June 5, a US citizen, not imprisoned or on felony parole.

And remember, you need to re-register to vote if you move, change your name, or want to change political parties. Voter registration cards are available at DMV offices, post offices, libraries, and at the County Clerk’s Office in Yreka.

You can also register online at www.sos.ca.gov.

The next step in preparing to vote in June is to become an educated voter. How? By reading about the candidates and issues on your ballot.

Your county sample ballot booklet will be mailed to you during the week of May 1. This booklet contains information on local candidates and local issues and includes an application to vote by mail as well as your polling location.

If you are a Yreka area voter and vote at the polls, take note that you will vote at a new convenient location – either the Miners Inn Convention Center or the Greenhorn Grange. Your sample ballot will have your specific poll location listed on it.

After your preparation for Election Day, follow through and get out and vote. If you vote by mail, you can expect your ballot to be delivered to you during the week of May 7, and to be counted, your voted ballot must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you go to the polls to vote, poll hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 5.

I hope you like the new website and that you consider your option of accessing your sample ballot on line. And as always, if you have any questions or would like further information about the topics I’ve mentioned here, please feel free to contact me via email, colleen@sisqvotes.org or by phone at 842-8084.