The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Office is fired up and ready to go for the June primary.
The office announced on Friday that the filing period begins Monday, Feb. 12 and started making preparations for election season.
According to County Registrar of Voters Melinda Dubroff, her office has put together a guide to walk candidates through the process of running for office including the forms, cost, how to get their name on the ballot and what they can put in their statement of qualifications in the sample ballot booklet.
The office is also holding two workshops to go over the guide, give potential candidates an overview of the election cycle and be available for any questions they may have. Workshops will be held at the San Joaquin County Administration Building at 10 a.m. Feb. 9, in room 146, and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15, in room 381. The registrar’s office is also in the process of securing polling venues for the June primary.
“There are a lot of schools that plan on being under construction in June, so we’re working very closely with the school district to secure the polling places for our voters to go to on election day,” Dubroff said.
According to Dubroff, the office has reached out to high schools to promote their student poll worker program and materials for applying will be going out soon. With the program, high school students can serve as poll workers on election day.
The county is also currently working with the Secretary of State to make sure its voter registration system is in sync with the VoteCal system, Dubroff said.
The June primary will be similar to previous elections and will have traditional polling places in the neighborhood, Dubroff said. Voters who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot will be mailed a ballot and those who have requested to be permanent by-mail voters will automatically be mailed a ballot on May 7.
There are only a few changes to the coming election from previous years, Dubroff said.
“Some of the details around campaign finance disclosure have changed, and it’s very important that candidates or people running campaigns are aware of those details,” Dubroff said.
When asked what she anticipated participation would like in the June primary, Dubroff said every election is different and unpredictable. However, she said the public seemed more engaged and interested than ever before.
“I hope that translates to voter registration and voter turnout,” Dubroff said.
The upcoming primary will be Dubroff’s first election as the county’s registrar of voters. She took on the role in July following the retirement of Austin Erdman. With this being her first election, she is really looking forward to working with the department’s staff.
“They are very experienced and well versed in conducting an election, and I anticipate another excellent election from this team,” she said.
She said her only concern is making sure all voters get the information they need.
“It’s important that voters read their sample ballot booklet to find out where their polling places are. I’m always concerned that voters are prepared when election day comes.”
The filing period ends on March 9 except for offices where the eligible incumbent does not file for re-election. In cases where no eligible incumbent is running, the filing period is extended to March 14.
Filing of nomination papers must be completed by the deadline at the office of the Registrar of Voters at 44 N. San Joaquin Street, Suite 350 in Stockton. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about filing for office on the June ballot, please contact the Candidate Filing Section of the Registrar of Voters office at (209) 468-8945 or visit the website at www.sjcrov.org.