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Early Voting Numbers Give Campaigns Information

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Alice Jarboe with the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections office says California law allows candidates, campaigns and some universities access to the list of people who voted early, "A lot of the campaigns and the people who make estimates and projections look at the data that's available and take it to the next -what they consider logical- conclusion that, well, if you have 100 Democrats returning their vote-by-mail ballots, then you must be having 100 votes for the Democrat candidates."

Jarboe says the accuracy of those guesses can't be known until all of the votes are counted.

But, the numbers could determine how, when, and where candidates spend money and effort up until the election.

There are nearly 700,000 people registered to vote in Sacramento County.  Almost 60 percent requested vote-by-mail ballots. 
This Saturday, the Sacramento County elections office on 65th Street will be open for voters to vote early or pick up a vote-by-mail ballot, "Anyone who is just now picking up their vote-by-mail ballot will get an envelope that can not go through the mail.  It has to physically be dropped off either here at or office or at one of the polling places in Sacramento County." 

Jarboe says thousands voted, or picked up vote-by-mail ballots, on the Saturday before the 2008 general election. 

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