Political Notebook

SLO County

Tuesday is the last day an application can be received by the County Clerk-Recorder’s office in order to mail a vote-by-mail ballot for the June 8 primary election, Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald has reminded voters.

The deadline allows sufficient time for the vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to the voter and returned by Election Day, she said.

Applications can be mailed to 1055 Monterey St., D120 or faxed to 781-1111.

Vote-by-mail ballots are still available after June 1 but only to voters present in the Clerk-Recorder’s office.

Nearly 77,000 ballots have been issued to permanent vote-by-mail voters and those requesting ballots for this election, Rodewald said in a press release.

If a voter has requested a vote-by-mail ballot and has not yet received it, Rodewald said he or she should contact her office immediately so the ballot can be replaced.

All voted ballots must be received in the county Clerk-Recorder's office or at a polling place in San Luis Obispo County by the close of the polls at 8 p.m. Election Day.

Any ballot received after 8 p.m. cannot be counted.

Rodewald also stressed the importance of signing the identification envelope containing the ballot. Without the signature, the ballot cannot be counted.

She asked those with questions to call 781-5228.

— Bob Cuddy

Avila Beach

Matt Kokkonen, a candidate for the 33rd Assembly District seat being vacated by Sam Blakeslee, will hold a pre-election rally and barbecue from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel St. in Avila Beach.

The event will include a barbecue tri-tip dinner with all the fixings, cold drinks, conversation, and a chance to meet and talk with Kokkonen.

For information call 541-1880 or go to matt@mattforassembly.com before June 1.

Kokkonen is opposed in the June 8 Republican primary by Katcho Achadjian, Fred Strong and Etta Waterfield.

Democrat Hilda Zacarias and Libertarian Paul Polson are running unopposed for their respective parties’ nominations.

— Bob Cuddy