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Claremonters have plenty of options to cast votes on June 5

Many Claremont voters are preparing to officially weigh in on Measure SC, among other initiatives and candidates, on Tuesday, June 5.

Shelley Desautels, Claremont’s city clerk, said the city will provide 11 polling locations Tuesday to its 21,219 registered voters, of whom 10,058 are on permanent vote-by-mail status.

This special municipal election—which cost the city about $55,000 after approval by the council on February 27—includes primaries for the US Senate and House as well as state seats for the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state.

Under California’s top-two primary system, all candidates seeking an office, regardless of party, appear on the same ballot. The top two vote-getters advance to the November general election.

Voters have a number of options to cast ballots—mail-in, drop-off, early voting or good old-fashioned heading to the polls.

The closest drop-off location for completed mail-in ballots is the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., during regular hours Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The center is closed Sunday.

“The envelope should be complete with your signature on it as if you were going to mail it,” Ms. Desautels said. “The county will pick up ballots at the Hughes Center and take them to specified locations, at which time the LA County Sheriff will deliver the sealed ballots to Norwalk for counting, sometimes by helicopter.”

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before June 5 and received by the LA county elections office no later than June 8, three days after election day.

To insure that vote-by-mail ballots arrive on time, Ms. Desautels recommends hand-delivering them to the Hughes Center before Tuesday or bringing them to any polling place in LA county between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5.

To vote early, visit the West Covina Library, 1601 W. Covina Pkwy., on Saturday, June 2 or Sunday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or on Monday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., where they also offer conditional voter registration.

Conditional voter registration, which is available to citizens who missed the May 21 deadline to register, went into effect in 2017. The process must be completed in person and is not available at polling places or online. A photo ID or a document that indicates the voter’s name and residence address must be presented.

“They will have ballots for you as if you were going to the poll,” Ms. Desautels explained.

If a voter has moved since the last election but did not re-register, he or she may vote provisionally at a Claremont polling place.

“If you’re not on the roster because you’ve moved, as long as the county can later verify you are a registered voter, you can vote on Tuesday,” she said.

As the primary winds down, the local Measure SC committee, Partners for a Safe Claremont, filed its financial report with the county.

In its filings with the Fair Political Practices Commission, “Partners” reported $35,996 in total contributions, with a $4,861 non-monetary donation recorded from the DoubleTree Hotel for the campaign kickoff party.

Cash contributions by 35 individuals and businesses were reported on May 23, of which most were $100 to $250. Business donations included Sanders Towing from San Dimas ($500), and Claremont Village Expansion ($350) and Claremont Village Inn ($150) out of Glendale.

Previous filings included Claremont Toyota and Claremont Lincoln University with $5,000 each, $1,500 from Nationwide Environmental Services, and $1,000 donations from West Coast Arborists, the Claremont?Police Officers Association and Grand Central Recycling & Transfer Station, Inc.

Total expenditures by the committee so far this year are $28,559, made up largely by printing costs, advertising and stamps for mailers.

A yes vote is in favor of authorizing the city to issue up to $24 million in bonds at a tax rate of $30.03 per $100,000 of assessed property value to construct a new 26,000-square-foot police facility. Voting no will prevent the city from obtaining bonds to start station construction.

The measure requires a two-thirds majority to pass, Ms. Desautels said.

“Residents who are interested can visit the lavote.net website shortly after 8 p.m. on election night when the county will post the vote-by-mail results,” she said. 

To find your polling place, also visit https://www.lavote.net/locator/ and enter your address in the search bar.

The COURIER will post Measure SC results Tuesday night on our website and Facebook page as they are made available by the county. A more complete story will appear online by mid-week and in print next Friday.

—Kathryn Dunn

editor@claremont-courier.com