Kern County Elections Office braces for recall election looming
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The Kern County Elections Office is working around the clock ahead of the California governor’s recall election.
Scheduled for Sept. 14, the election will determine the fate of outgoing California governor Gavin News as he faces calls to be ousted.
The envelopes with the ballot papers first will be sent out on August 16. Voters will be required to sign the back of the envelope and return it to the Kern County Elections Office. To count, the envelope must be postmarked at least three days before polling day.
In addition, voters should not expect to receive a ballot in the mail if they have moved without providing a forwarding address or if they have completely canceled their voter registration. Those who do not wish to vote by mail will be allowed to vote in person at their local polling station provided they hand in their vote by mail in exchange for a vote in person at the polling stations.
Kern County Registrar of Electors Mary Bedard said her office always hires election officers and determines exactly how many voting sites the county will offer, but adds that she has confidence in the electoral system.
“We have done a lot of preliminary work to prepare for this,” said Bédard. “It will be a challenge, but we are confident that we can handle it and have no problems.”
This election is expected to cost Kern County taxpayers $ 2.9 million.
Voters who register at least 15 days before polling day should expect a ballot in the mail, by Bedard, but voters can also register to vote in person on polling day.