Elections 2016

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
April 5, 2016 – 9:14 PM

  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla seeks $32 million in additional money
  • Money needed to print large ballots, handle petition crush
  • Padilla writes Jerry Brown, asking for meeting to discuss needs

Warning of a “surge” of higher-than-usual turnout in California’s June primary election and a book-sized November voter information guide, the state’s elections chief this week requested a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown to press his case for more money.

In a letter to Brown on Monday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla noted that more than 600,000 people have registered or re-registered to vote online in recent weeks. In addition, he warned that he expects proponents of more than a dozen proposed ballot measures to file piles of petitions with county election offices in the coming weeks, seeking to qualify for the November ballot.

Among the would-be initiatives racing to gather signatures is a criminal sentencing measure sponsored by Brown, a former secretary of state.

“Counties will need more resources,” Padilla said in a statement. Padilla, a former lawmaker, has requested $32 million in additional money to help cover the costs of this year’s elections.

California voters normally have little say in presidential primary contests. On June 7, though, the state stands to have a major role in determining whether Republican businessman Donald Trump secures the delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination, with Republicans mobilizing against him. Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, also have promised to campaign in the state in the weeks leading up to the June 7 election.

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