False in­for­ma­tion about Prop. 6 spread

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By John Bays

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.

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