The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has backed down on its refusal to add a fifth name to the rebuttal argument against Measure A, the school parcel tax on the ballot on March 8th.
The registrar reversed course after an attorney representing the Committee Against Measure A in Alameda wrote a stern letter to the agency, demanding that they allow the fifth name to be added to the rebuttal statement, and asking that Wilma Chan’s name be removed from the proponents’ rebuttal statement. The registrar’s office had previously refused to add the fifth name to the rebuttal argument, stating that because only four people had signed the original opponent’s argument, only four people could sign the rebuttal. The registrar did accept Wilma Chan’s December 22nd, 2010 signature as “Alameda County Supervisor” even though she didn’t take her seat until January 3rd.
On the matter of permitting the fifth signature to be added, Leland Traiman, an Alameda parent and officer with the opposition committee, told Action Alameda News that, the “RoV has relented to logic and the law.” Traiman made the necessary trip to the registrar’s office this past Monday.
The registrar seems to be holding firm on permitting Wilma Chan’s name and title to appear in the ballot pamphlet as-is. Pamphlets will be mailed to voters late this month.