As Friday’s deadline approaches for California Public Employees’ Retirement System elections, fund officials have discovered a snafu that could disenfranchise about 25,000 members.
The reasons: The members have no mailing address on file, and there was a programming mistake.
In past Board of Administration elections, CalPERS has published packets for those members and sent the materials to employers, who then forwarded them on. But this year, members without addresses were excluded.
CalPERS will send ballots via Fed Ex to eligible members who call (916) 795-3952 or (800) 794-2297 before the close of business today. Ballots also can be picked up at CalPERS, 400 Q St., Sacramento.
Historically, about 15 percent of eligible members have voted, CalPERS spokesman Robert Glazier said. About 1.2 million may vote this year.
Voters will decide two races on the 13-member board. Incumbent J.J. Jelincic faces challengers Andrew Hopkins, Lorenzo Rios and Kumar Sah. Harvey Robinson is opposing incumbent Michael Bilbrey.
Ballots must be postmarked by Friday or returned to CalPERS’ offices that day.