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Mail ballots for June primary now going out

May 7, 2012 |  2:14 pm

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Today is the day elections officials started sending out vote-by-mail ballots for the June 5 primary.

The ballots are on their way to permanent mail voters and to the early birds who already have requested them.

Other voters can request mail ballots, from the registrars of the county they live in, until May 29. 

May 21 is the last day to register to vote in this year’s primary, which will mark the first widespread use of California’s new elections system.  Under the system, approved by the state’s voters in 2010, the party primaries are a thing of the past for all but the office of president and for county central committees.  

This time, all voters will get a single ballot listing every candidate for their congressional  and state legislative districts.  The top two finishers, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the November general election.

Now that the mail ballots are on their way, look for an increase in political mail and cable TV and radio ads in many of the  races for 53 congressional, 20 state Senate and 50 Assembly seats. Also on the ballot are two statewide ballot propositions and 23 mostly unknown candidates challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), who is seeking re-election.

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Photo: Ryan Ching prepares to load mail ballots into a sorting machine at the Los Angeles County registrar's office for the 2010 general election. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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