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You are invited to observe a Santa Clara County vote count NOW!

On May 2, there will be a special election within the county for two school districts further south: Los Gatos Union and Mountain View Whisman.

Why should this interest you? Because Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey has invited the public to observe the processing of either the returned Vote By Mail ballot envelopes or the election canvass for these elections. She notes, "ROV's election activities are open to the public to observe at any time."

1. Processing of the returned Vote By Mail Ballot Envelopes began on April 18 (See notice in November 2016 VOTER, page 4) and will continue through May 2.

As a result of two recent changes in state law,

  • ballots postmarked on Election Day and received by May 5 may continue to be processed and tallied through May 5, and
  • Vote By Mail Ballots returned without the required voter signature on the return envelope can be corrected by the voter by 5:00 p.m., on May 10 and may continue to be processed and tallied through May 10.

The election canvass will begin on May 3 and continue for at least 6 hours a day (Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays excepted) until completed. The canvass includes, but is not limited to, the inspection of all materials and supplies; processing and counting valid Vote-by-Mail; counting valid write-in votes and the 1% manual recount. After completing this process, the election results are then certified by the Registrar of Voters and made public.

All processing will be conducted at the Registrar of Voters (ROV), 1555 Berger Drive, Building #2, San Jose, CA, 95112. Please call one to two days before the date you wish to observe to confirm the actual date and time of the activity you wish to observe. The telephone numbers are 408-299-VOTE (8683) or 1-866-430-VOTE (8683).

LWV on the deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants

The President of the League of Women Voters of the United States sent the following message to all Leagues on January 30, 2017:

The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Moreover, the Trump Administration's orders are of dubious legality. It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.

The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion. The Trump Administration's orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations.

We would like to remind all our members that we are faced with many challenges to our positions and the League is involved in serious efforts to address them. Among these, we spent last weekend anticipating the issuance of an Executive Order investigating `voter fraud'. We continue to monitor this situation and are ready to issue a statement if that occurs. We also continue our efforts to lobby on ACA in Congress. Everybody in the country is scrambling to keep up.

Chris Carson, President/Chair League of Women Voters of the United States League of Women Voters Education Fund 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036 Facebook: @leagueofwomenvoters Twitter: @LWV http://www.lwv.org| Making Democracy Work™