Secretary Bowen told lawmakers in a hearing at the state Capitol she's worried about losing mail processing facilities in an election year. She says elections officials have seen it before-when closures occur, mail-in ballots in some areas take significantly longer to get to county offices. "And if they're not returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day they can't be counted."
Bowen was joined by Congressman John Garamendi at the hearing. He is also calling for the delay. The U.S. Postal Service says district managers are going around the state to talk to elections officials-- and closures that don't occur between June and August will be suspended until 2013.
Bowen says in the meantime, she'll work with counties on how to advise voters on when to mail ballots.