Confusion reigns as elections near

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

Vote-by-mail ballots will be available Monday for the June 7 California presidential primary election, according to Ventura County Clerk/Recorder and Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn.

All registered voters have the option of voting by mail, and vote-by-mail ballots can be picked up at local post offices beginning Monday. Those wanting to be included on the county's permanent list of vote-by-mail voters can register at, or in person at the Elections Division, 800 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura.

“A definite trend we've been seeing is toward no party preference,” said Miranda Nobriga, public information officer for the Clerk/Recorder's office. Voters with that designation, she added, often are referred to as “independents,” which sometimes leads to confusion with the American Independent Party. So voters should be clear with their language, Nobriga said. Being an independent in the sense of having registered with no party preference is not the same as being a member of the American Independent Party, which is a distinct political organization.

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