Capitol Alert

What to do when you get two ballots in the mailbox + Cox stumps in Orange County

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Folsom resident Rodney Cardwell got a surprise in the mail last week. He was puzzled to learn he’d received two ballots:

Cardwell visited the DMV in early August to get a Real ID and thought he was the latest victim in the DMV’s challenges registering voters under the state’s Motor Voter program.

But it turns out it’s not uncommon to get multiple ballots, according to Sacramento County election officials.

“It is common to receive more than one ballot,” Sacramento County election officials said in a statement. “It is the ballot that returns that matters. First one in, wins.”

In Cardwell’s case, he has been registered to vote since April 2000. He received a second ballot because he registered to vote at a DMV office. His old record did not have a driver’s license or social security number, so the two records were never linked. One ballot was named under “Rodney Allan Cardwell,” while the other was under “Rod A. Cardwell.”

According to the election officials, some voters may receive up to three ballots. Once they return one ballot, all others are void.

The officials also said there are other safeguards in place to protect against fraudulent ballots being cast. “In the instance one person tried to vote two ballots as if they were two different people, they would be linked in the voter maintenance phase and legal action would be taken.”

Bottom Line: If you receive two ballots in the mail, just mail one of them. If you have any concerns, you may want to contact your county elections offices.


Gavin Newsom isn’t the only one campaigning for other candidates in Orange County. John Cox, the Republican running for governor, is stumping for Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, tonight in Costa Mesa.

Harper won the primary with 42 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Cottie Petrie-Norris, earned 28 percent. Though Harper is in a Republican-leaning district, a strong Democratic turnout could flip the seat blue.

Republicans would need to hold on to all their current seats and pick up three ones now occupied by Democrats in order to break the Democratic supermajority in the Assembly. If Democrats don’t lose any seats they hold in November, they would claim 56 seats — the most the party has held in the Assembly in 40 years.

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