Final Canvassing For Remaining Ballots Begins Wednesday

Officials will begin preparations for counting the nearly 1,100 remaining vote by mail ballots and provisional ballots from last week’s municipal election, starting at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers.

All vote by mail and provisional ballots that were received at the polls or at City Hall on March 3 and the additional vote by mail ballots delivered to City Hall in the days after the election will be verified and authenticated, according to city staff.

City Manager Chris Jeffers noted that by the time organizers have finalized their preparations, the canvassing may begin around 2 p.m. with results coming soon after.

The canvassing will be televised on Time Warner channel 3 and Verizon FIOS channel 31, as well as streamed online on the city’s website. Residents are also encouraged to visit the City Council Chambers, 116 E. Foothill Blvd., to witness the canvassing in person.

Some of the additional vote by mail ballots delivered to City Hall three days after the March 3 election were allowed due to the passage of SB 29 in Sept. of 2014. The new law which went into effect Jan. 1, allows voters to submit a vote by mail ballot that is postmarked on election day.

A special City Council meeting will take place Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. for the city to certify the election results, swear in the winners and to bid farewell to at least one outgoing council member. The annual rotation of the mayor and mayor pro tem will also take place.

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