County Clerk-Recorder's office to be open Saturday for those who can't get to the polls Tuesday

The county Clerk-Recorder's office will remain open Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to ensure that voters who may have trouble getting to the polls on Election Day Tuesday have an opportunity to vote.

The special election is taking place Tuesday to fill the 15th District state Senate seat vacated by Abel Maldonado when he became lieutenant governor in May.

Candidates are Republican Sam Blakeslee, Democrat John Laird, Independent Jim Fitzgerald of Nipomo, and Libertarian Mark Hinkle of Morgan Hill.

Should one of them take 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, they will have won the election. If nobody reaches that threshold, a runoff will take place Aug. 17 between the top two finishers.

The Clerk-Recorder’s office is located in the new Government Center at 1055 Monterey St., room D120, in San Luis Obispo.

Voters can use this opportunity to request a vote-by-mail ballot or return their already voted ballot. The Automark ballot marking device will also be available during these hours for use by voters who have a visual impairment or have difficulty marking the ballot, according to county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald.

Rodewald is asking those who have questions concerning vote-by-mail ballots or extended office hours to contact the elections division at 781-5228.

-Bob Cuddy