Just weeks after the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters re-printed a slew of sample ballots missing entire races and candidate info, the agency has to deal with another batch of faulty election literature. Earlier this month, the county had to re-print and re-mail 100,000 sample ballots because of entire sections missing candidates from the Gavilan Joint Community College District and Santa Clara Unified School District races. The county corrected the slip-up and alerted voters by snail mail, email and phone calls. But the printing company for absentee ballots used proofs from those older samples, running off 1,007 mail-in ballots missing the same information. Voters have already received those faulty ballots.
Shannon Bushey, the county’s Registrar of Voters, offered an apology when contacted Tuesday. “I’m very sorry for the inconvenience that it may have caused voters,” she told San Jose Inside. “The first error was our fault. This one was caused by an error in the vendor’s printing process. The vendor is looking at procedures to prevent this from happening in the future.”
The county on Wednesday will send out corrected ballots to the 448 Gavilan voters and 559 Santa Clara Unified voters who received the wrong ones, Bushey said. Gavilan voters will receive this letter of apology from Bushey, and Santa Clara Unified voters will get this version.