Voters can head to clerk-recorder's office Saturday for special senate election

The county Clerk-Recorder's Office will open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to ensure that voters who may have trouble getting to the polls on Election Day Aug. 17 have an opportunity to vote.

The special election Tuesday has only one race on the ballot: the contest for the 15th District state Senate seat vacated by Abel Maldonado when he became lieutenant governor in May.

Candidates are Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, Democrat John Laird, Independent Jim Fitzgerald, and Libertarian Mark Hinkle.

The clerk-recorder’s office is located in the new Government Center at 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

Voters can either use this opportunity to request a vote-by-mail ballot or return their already voted ballot, according to county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald.

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, she said.

Rodewald is asking those with questions to call 781-5228.

-Bob Cuddy