City and county election officials are imploring Malibu voters to stick to their county-issued voting materials when they mark their ballots after it was discovered that numbers in Santa Monica-issued materials did not correspond to Malibu ballots. The problem is confined to two voting groups in Malibu who participate in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District election. Vote-by-mail ballots include a voter guide that shows the names of candidates or measures and a corresponding number. To vote for that candidate or measure, a voter bubbles in an oval next to the number that indicates their choice.
Ballot positions for the school board candidates and a local bond measure in the Santa Monica Supplemental Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet released by City Hall correspond to a Santa Monica ballot that also includes the Santa Monica City Council race. That contest appears before the school board race on the Santa Monica ballot.
That means that the numbers next to the names of the six school board candidates and Measure ES are higher than they are on the Malibu ballot, which does not include that race.
The City Clerk’s office discovered the error when a Malibu voter called and compared the two documents, said Sarah Gorman, Santa Monica’s City Clerk.
The supplemental pamphlets were mailed out in October.