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ISO a better ballot for the state Senate race

 Voters cast ballots at the Multnomah County elections office.
Voters cast ballots at the Multnomah County elections office.
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California officials have a unique problem on their hands this June: to come up with an appropriate election ballot for the Senate primary.

Thirty-four candidates are in the race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer in June, who will be retiring after two decades in Congress. The unusually large field of contenders have sent elections officials scrambling for a ballot with a better design – one that would accommodate all 34 names in a clear, intuitive way. Failure to do so might lead to a ballot being incorrectly marked and thrown out.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Santa Cruz County recently tested a range of formats, but found that none did the job.


John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief for the LA Times, who’s written a piece on the topic; He tweets from @JohnMyers