False information about Prop. 6 spread
Lodian Ron Portal on Tuesday received a call from someone claiming to work for the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters, he said, who told him that there was a mistake in the wording for Proposition 6 — which would require voter approval for certain fuel taxes and vehicle fees — on the sample ballot.
“It was a simple message, it only lasted maybe 30 seconds,” Portal said. “They said if I was pro-Prop 6 — which I am — they said to vote ‘no’ because the wording is different. They said ‘if you want to vote yes on the proposition, you should vote ‘no.’”
A spokeswoman with the county registrar’s office said on Friday that their office does not make phone calls to voters and that there are no mistakes on the sample ballot.
The spokeswoman also said that their office has received several calls recently reporting similar calls to the one Portal received, as well as fliers claiming that “yes means no and no means yes,” for Proposition 6.
“We have been getting a lot of calls because (the flier) looks like an official ballot, but it’s not,” the spokeswoman said. “It was not generated by the county, it was not generated by the state.”
The fliers were allegedly made by a group known as “Reform California,” — who could not be reached for comment — the spokeswoman said, although she did not know if the same group was responsible for the phone call Portal received.