Sept. 3, 2013 — It’s been a long, winding and at times bitter and contentious road leading up to the Sept. 10 recall election in Lassen County’s Supervisorial District 5 — but now the moment of that decision has nearly arrived.
More than 2,000 (2,373 to be a little more precise) voters reside in district 5, and slightly more than half of those folks (1,211) are eligible to cast either vote-by-mail or absentee ballots. The remainder may cast their votes in polling places next Tuesday.
Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante advises voters not to mail their ballots to the election office after Tuesday, Sept. 3 because the ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. Election Day. Postmarks do not count.
After Sept. 3, Bustamante advises voters to return their ballot in person at the election’s office (Old Courthouse, 220 S. Lassen St., Suite 5, Susanville) or at the polling locations (Johnstonville Fire Station, 705-145 Highway 395 East, Johnstonville; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 718-045 Highway 395 East, Standish; or, South Lassen Senior Citizens Building, 434-685 Doyle Loop,
Doyle) on election day.
The election office is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. election day.
The newspaper does not endorse candidates for election, and this recall election is no exception to our policy, but having said that, we strongly encourage each and every eligible voter to cast a ballot in this and every other election.
At the risk of stating the obvious, this is the opportunity for voters in district 5 to decide which of these two candidates — incumbent supervisor Jack Hanson or challenger Tom Hammond — will best serve their interests during the remainder of this term. It’s a decision only the district 5 voters can make.
Let’s remember voting is an important cornerstone of our democratic republic — a right, a privilege, a sacred duty and perhaps even an obligation of citizenship. Through our votes, our elected officials ultimately answer to us. We decide who will represent us through the votes we cast.
Don’t let the others pick your representative for you. Be an active, participatory American. Cast a ballot yourself.
Vote for Hanson or Hammond as you see fit, but vote. Let your voice be heard all across Lassen County.
How to vote for your candidate
Bustamante said voters who do not want to recall incumbent District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson should mark the no oval in response to the first question on the ballot: “Shall Jack Hanson be recalled (removed) from the office of board of supervisors, 5th district?” That’s all they have to do.
Voters who wish to recall Hanson should mark the yes oval to the recall question, and then vote for Hammond, the only candidate on the ballot.
Bustamante said no candidates filed to be write-in candidates by the filing deadline, so there are no write in candidates in this recall election. She said that option was included on the ballots because they were printed prior to the deadline for write-in candidates.
Do your part regardless which candidate you prefer. Make a difference. Vote.
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