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County admits election information missing from voter guides

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 02:27:38-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Elections Office admitted that information regarding elections, specifically party endorsements of candidates for voter nominated offices, was missing from voter information guides.

County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Mary Bedard said, “We deeply regret this mistake and are working quickly to resolve the issue. As soon as we confirmed the error we began working on corrective action.”

Voter nominated offices include state legislative offices, U.S. congressional offices, and state constitutional offices. This list of party endorsements is required by the California Elections Code section 13302.

The county said that while the election is too close to reprint the voter guides, the Elections Office is taking steps to mitigate the oversight.

In a release, the county said party endorsements of candidates for voter-nominated offices will be posted at every polling place, as well as being provided to the media, posted on Kernvote.com and KernCounty.com, and shared on social media.

We've included the list of party endorsements from the county below: