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Election 2010: Mail-in deadline looms for West Lake Tahoe voters

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun

TAHOMA, Calif. and#8212; About 500 West Shore residents are able to vote via mail-in ballots for this upcoming election, although time is running out to make sure they reach El Dorado County offices in time for Election Day.

and#8220;The group of voters living in Meeks Bay have been voting via mail for every election for a while now,and#8221; said Joseph Zitzelberger, systems coordinator for El Dorado County Elections.

Residents who can opt to mail in ballots should have received them by now, Zitzelberger said.

Residents are to fill out the ballots, being careful not to leave any identifying marks on the ballot itself, said Zitzelberger, who cautioned it is imperative for residents to provide their signature on the declaration of voter section of the envelope.

That signature must be matched with the signature on the registration documents for the vote to be counted, he said.

Furthermore, residents must mail the ballots by this upcoming Friday, Oct. 30, as the county must have the ballot in hand on Election Day and#8212; Nov. 2 and#8212; for it to count. Mailed-in ballots post marked the day of the election will not be accepted, Zitzelberger said.

Residents may cast their vote in person at any of the county voting precincts in South Lake Tahoe or at the county office, he said. The mail-in vote method was established as severe winter weather prevented Meeks Bay residents from exercising their voting rights in the past, Zitzelberger said.