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Vote-by-mail ballots available for two special elections

January 27, 2011 |  1:07 pm

Voters in two area state Senate districts have until Feb. 8 to request vote-by-mail ballots, election officials said.

Special elections will be held Feb. 15 to fill vacancies in the sprawling  High Desert-based 17th District, which spans several counties, and in the 28th District, which stretches from Venice and Mar Vista through the South Bay and into Long Beach. 

Voters can use the Vote By Mail application on the back of their sample ballots or apply online by going to the registrar of voters website for their county.  The 28th District lies entirely within Los Angeles County, while the 17th District spans parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties and a sliver of Kern County.

The vacancy in the 17th District occurred after then-Sen. George Runner (R-Lancaster) was elected to the State Board of Equalization in November.  The term expires Dec. 2, 2012.

The death of Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach) prompted the other special election, for a full term running until Nov. 30, 2014.

-- Jean Merl