Although a change in state law allows vote-by-mail ballots to be counted if they are postmarked on Election Day and received by election officials within three days, the front of the official San Luis Obispo County return envelopes for the June 7 primary incorrectly reads: “Mail early. Postmarks do not count.”
County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said the error was a miscommunication between his office and the printers, which went unnoticed until Tuesday. He clarified that mail-in ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked on or before June 7 and are received within three days of the election.
However, he said turning the ballots in earlier, rather than later, is still preferred.
The county will print envelopes with the correct information for the Nov. 8 general election, but won’t issue new return envelopes for the primary.
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