Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers races to fix er­ror in voter in­for­ma­tion guide

The Mercury News Weekend - - OBITUARIES & IN MEMORIAMS - By Ja­son Green ja­son.green@ ba­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact Ja­son Green at 408-920-5006.

SAN JOSE » The open­ing lines of Santa Clara County Board of Su­per­vi­sors hope­ful Ja­son Baker’s can­di­date state­ment were left out of the June voter in­for­ma­tion guide, and now the Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers is rac­ing to cor­rect the mis­take as vot­ers cast their bal­lots.

The er­ror was caused by a ven­dor who used the wrong ver­sion of a file to pro­duce Baker’s state­ment in the guide, ac­cord­ing to Eric Kurhi, a spokesman for the reg­is­trar’s of­fice.

Baker, one of the seven can­di­dates run­ning to re­place termed-out Dis­trict 4 Su­per­vi­sor Ken Yea­ger, said he be­lieves themis­take may have cost him some early votes.

“The er­ror was re­gret­table,” Baker said in an email. “But I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that the reg­is­trar has acted quickly and de­ci­sively to try to fix their ven­dor’s er­ror as best they can.”

In a news re­lease, the reg­is­trar’s of­fice said it was “act­ing swiftly” to cor­rect themis­take, in­clud­ing mail-ing a let­ter de­scrib­ing the er­ror to all 174,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers in the dis­trict.

Full state­ments from all seven can­di­dates will ap­pear in the let­ter, ac­cord­ing to Kurhi.

A com­plete ver­sion of the guide will also be pro­duced and dis­trib­uted to Dis­trict 4 polling places. The same in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the web at es­er­vices.sc­c­gov.org/Rov.

“We are do­ing every­thing we can to make sure that vot­ers are made aware of the is­sue and re­ceive the com­plete in­for­ma­tion,” said Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers Shan­non Bushey.

The is­sue af­fects only the guides as can­di­date state­ments do not ap­pear on of­fi­cial bal­lots.

Baker said the miss­ing three lines touted his ex­pe­ri­ence as a two-time mayor of Camp­bell, a for­est fire­fighter and a grad­u­ate of the Santa Clara Univer­sity School of Law.

“Vot­ers know and like Camp­bell, ap­pre­ci­ate first re­spon­ders, and Santa Clara is a large part of the dis­trict,” he said.

Kurhi said the reg­is­trar’s of­fice did not have any com­ment be­yond its news re­lease when asked about the pos­si­ble im­pact of the mis­take on Baker’s chances of get­ting elected.

An ef­fort, mean­while, is un­der­way to keep the same er­ror fromhap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.

“The ROV had ap­proved the cor­rect file for print­ing, but the print­ing ven­dor used a dif­fer­ent file that had not been ap­proved,” Kurhi said. “We are go­ing to be hav­ing a dis­cus­sion with our ven­dor about steps that can be taken in the fu­ture to pre­vent this from happening again.”

The ven­dor is cov­er­ing the costs as­so­ci­ated with cor­rect­ing the mis­take, ac­cord­ing to Kurhi.

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