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State Senate candidate wrongly labeled 'Republican' by county election officials

May 20, 2010 |  1:31 pm

Assemblywoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) may have caught a break in her race for state Senate. Evans is seeking to replace Sen. Pat Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) this fall, but first she must survive a primary challenge from Sonoma councilwoman Joanne Sanders.

But this week, in thousands of ballots sent to voters in Napa County, Sanders is identified, incorrectly, as a Republican.

The Napa Valley Register reports:

Joanne Sanders, a Sonoma city councilwoman seeking the Democratic nomination in the June primary for state Senate District 2, was mistakenly listed as a Republican in materials mailed out by the Napa County elections department.

The error appears on the front page of voter pamphlets mailed to all of Napa County’s 50,000 vote-by-mail voters. Sample ballots sent to Napa County’s 19,000 designated polling place voters also misidentified Sanders as a Republican.

“It’s a mistake,” Sanders warned voters. “I am enthusiastically seeking the Democratic nomination for state Senate.” Sanders was a registered Republican until three years ago when she switched to the Democratic Party.

Sanders told the paper she was she was “devastated” to learn of the error.

-- Anthony York