County reports 110 incorrect ballots went out; where to vote in Winters

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On Tuesday, the Yolo County Election’s Office announced that 110 registered voters throughout the county had received incorrect ballots, mostly due to a recently changed street name that had not been updated in the voter database system.

One hundred one of the affected voters were within the newly renamed UC Davis housing development (Russell Park Apartments on Orchard Park Drive). The remaining nine impacted registered voters reside throughout the county and consisted of a total three households and one unhoused individual.

All impacted voters were issued new ballots and county voter information guides along with a letter describing the error on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

“Although new redistricting boundaries have changed numerous borders across the county, our new single point addressing solution assisted us in remedying the issue promptly,” said Jesse Salinas, Yolo County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters.

Any voter who are contacted by the Elections Office regarding an incorrect ballot should discard the originally received ballot and fill out and return the new one. Voter who already filled out and mailed back their originally received ballot, will have those ballots canceled once the new one is received. The Elections Office said this will ensure that no voter is able to vote twice.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and are acting quickly to resolve this issue,” said Salinas.

The Elections office advises residents that due to redistricting, it is possible the district or contests on their ballots will be different than in prior elections. Voters who have a question about their ballot or believe they’ve received something in error should contact the Yolo County Elections Office at 530-666-8133 or email elections@yolocounty.org.

How to return ballots
The county replaced its traditional polling places with 13 vote centers, has placed 16 ballot drop boxes, and has identified some rural communities as a mobile vote center location.

In Winters, the ballot drop box is located inside of Lorenzo’s Market (121 E. Grant Ave.) daily during business hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

An outdoor ballot drop box located outside of the Esparto Regional Library (17065 Yolo Ave.) is available 24/7.

All ballot drop boxes are available now through Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

Voters can also return their completed ballots via the postal service or at a vote center.

Local vote centers will be open from Saturday, Nov. 5 to Monday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to p.m., and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Winters, the vote center will be located at the Public Safety Facility – EOC Training Room (702 W. Main St.). In Esparto, the vote center is located at the Esparto Community Hall (17020 Yolo Ave.).

The mobile vote center will be located in one location for one day before moving on to the next designated location. Seven Yolo county townships have been identified to host the mobile vote venter from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A the mobile vote center, election workers will assist voters with registering to vote, casting a ballot, getting a replacement vote-by-mail ballot, and using the ballot-marking device.

Nearby locations and dates include:

Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Guinda (7575 State Highway-16) in the Guinda Post Office parking lot.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Madison (17776 County Road 89) at Guy’s Corner parking lot.

The additional locations and dates are available at https://www.yoloelections.org/voters-choice-act/mobile-vote-center.

After weighing in, voters can receive notification of when their ballots are received by the county elections office and counted. Visit https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/ to sign up for ballot tracking.

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