We’ve decided to include all our efforts to understand the 2016 election under the banner of San Diego Decides. As part of that, I’ll be writing a biweekly look at what’s happening in the races facing San Diego voters in 2016. It’ll include new reporting, follow-ups on bigger stories and a roundup of other coverage of local races. To get the complete picture of the local election landscape, make sure you also check out the San Diego Decides podcast, hosted by Sara Libby and Ry Rivard. — Andrew Keatts
San Diego’s ballot this year – 17 state measures, and 14 local ones if you live in the city of San Diego, plus trivial stuff like electing the leader of the free world – is so big you’ll actually have to fill out two separate ballot cards.
For those who mail in their ballots, that’ll mean a regular old 47 cent stamp won’t cover the increased weight. It’ll take 67 cents’ worth of stamps instead.
So what happens if too many voters don’t recognize the distinction, and only use a single stamp? Would the ballot come back to them, trying their patience and raising the chances that they say, “Aw, screw it!” and move on with their lives?
Turns out, no. The County Registrar of Voters has a standing agreement with the United States Postal Service to make sure every ballot – even those with insufficient postage, or no postage at all – gets delivered, said Michael Vu, San Diego’s registrar.