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California Democrats offer some voting advice to Whitman and Fiorina

June 7, 2010 |  6:39 pm

The front-running Republican contenders in Tuesday’s election have spotty voting records, which their opponents in both parties enjoy reminding voters about. State Democrats put out a tongue-in-cheek reminder to gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina on the eve of the primary about the basics of the polling place.

“We know your track record for voting in California elections hasn’t been much to write home about … so your friends at the California Democratic Party are here to walk you through the process,” wrote party spokesman Tenoch Flores in a memo to the candidates (and political reporters). “After all, we’re Democrats, we believe that every vote, even those cast by multimillionaires and billionaires, should count.”

The full memo is below.

For the record, both candidates have apologized for their past voting records and plan to cast ballots Tuesday morning near their Bay Area homes before heading to Southern California for election parties in the evening.

-- Seema Mehta in Los Angeles

M E M O
To:  Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman
CC: Political Reporters, Interested Parties
From: Tenoch Flores, Communications Director [phone number redacted]
Date: June 7, 2010

A friendly reminder, tomorrow is Election Day in California.

Ms. Fiorina and Ms. Whitman, do you have a nagging feeling you might be forgetting something important about tomorrow?  We know your track record for voting in California elections hasn’t been much to write home about (see stats below), so your friends at the California Democratic Party are here to walk you through the process. After all, we’re Democrats, we believe that every vote, even those cast by multimillionaires and billionaires, should count.

Carly Fiorina: Since moving to California, you have voted in only 7 of 22 elections for a total of only 32%.

Meg Whitman: Since moving to California, you have voted in only 8 of 19 elections for a total of only 42%.

We hope you find that voting is easy and rewarding, even for newbies!  In case you need any help, here's our step-by-step guide of how to vote tomorrow:

1. Arrive at your polling place – try to get there early.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  As long as you're in line by 8 p.m., your vote will be counted. California law ensures that all people are able to vote, even wealthy self-funded candidates.

2. Choose the best candidate. This will be tricky for you, since neither of you can vote in the Democratic primary and thus will not be able to vote for candidates working hard to create jobs and turn our economy around.

3. Put your completed ballot in the ballot box. After you have cast your ballot, the poll workers will then give you a sticker that you can wear proudly all day long to show you voted. Be sure to show your sticker to those pesky reporters and members of the media who keep asking questions about your voting record in California, or lack there of.

Congratulations!  You did it this time!

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