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Sacramento Hopes To Try Vote-By-Mail-Only Election

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Will these stickers become extinct? You won't be able to get one at a polling place if the City of Sacramento's plan is approved. The City wants to try an election with every ballot going out and coming in through the mail.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The City of Sacramento has never had an all vote-by-mail election before, but that could soon change. The Sacramento City Council will consider the idea at Tuesday night's meeting.

People in City Council District 6 will be asked to elect a new council member in a special election next spring.  

City Clerk Shirley Concolino says no other elections are scheduled on the tentative April 7th date and the trend has already been moving toward vote-by-mail.

"In District 6 there are a little over 26,000 registered voters. Of those about 14,700 -about 56-percent- are signed up as permanent vote-by-mail voters."

If the City Council approves, every District 6 registered voter would receive a ballot in the mail and would have until 8 o'clock election night to mail it back or drop it off at any of three locations.  

Concolino says a vote-by-mail special election would save the city as much as $50,000.