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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Davis Lags in Mail in Ballot Returns; Early Voting Begins at UC Davis

Davis Lags behind rest of county in percentage of vote-by-mail returns

As of Monday, October 27, 2008, the city of Davis lagged behind the rest of the county in terms of Vote by Mail ballot returns. While at first glance the percentage returned by the city of Davis does not seem altogether that much lower than the rest of the county. Remember, that Davis also in general votes at a much higher rate than other cities in Yolo County.

Early Voting Begins at UC Davis

Last year only a handful of UC Davis students voted at the polling place at the Memorial Union. The scene was altogether different yesterday, as a long line of students formed waiting to cast their ballots in the 2008 general election. Sources tell the Vanguard that as of noon, 117 UC Davis students had already cast their ballots. That number is greater than five times the amount that voted in the entire 2007 general election that only had two local ballot measures.

UC Davis Early Voting Rally

Finally, Davis City Councilmember Lamar Heystek and Yolo County Clerk Freddie Oakley led a rally of students encouraging the students to vote early. Councilmember Heystek led a chant for Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. The Yolo County Clerk encouraged students to come out and vote. She then took off her county clerk hat and encouraged the students to vote against Proposition 8, the proposition that would ban gay marriage. This has long been an important issue for Freddie Oakley. The last two Valentine's Days, she has protested laws that prevent her from marrying same-sex couples. She then became among the first clerk's in the state to marry same-sex couples after a spring court ruling that overturned state laws.

---David M. Greenwald reporting