The deadline to register to vote for an Aug. 30 all-mail special election in the city of San Luis Obispo is approaching, according to Julie Rodewald, the county’s chief elections official, and those who plan to vote should sign up.
Residents will decide whether two significant changes will be made to the city's charter related to pay and compensation for employees.
One seeks to repeal a provision that lets police and fire unions call for a third-party arbitrator to decide on their contracts if the unions and city can't agree after negotiations.
The other would amend a charter section that requires voter approval to make changes to the city's retirement offerings — paving the way for future discussion about creating a two-tier pension plan.
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For information about deadlines to register, and to ensure receiving official ballots and voting information, Rodewald says voters should call her office at 781-5228 or go to the county website, www.slocounty.ca.gov/clerk.
To receive a ballot in the initial mailing, scheduled for Aug. 1, voters must be registered at their current residence address by July 25, Rodewald said.
If a voter misses the deadline for the initial mailing, he or she can register to vote in the election until Aug. 15 and still receive a ballot.
If a voter will be out of the area during the voting period, they can request that their ballot be mailed to an alternative address by completing the form available on the clerk-recorder’s website.
Affidavits of registration are available at post offices, city halls, libraries, banks, notary offices, utility companies, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the clerk-recorder's offices in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero.