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The price of voting by mail costs more than usual
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First there was the 220-page California General Election Official Voter Information Guide that threatened to give postal carriers hernias and voters blurry eyes.
Now voters are finding more joy in their mail — returned mail-in ballots.
The mail-in ballot sporting 17 statewide propositions for the Nov. 8 election weighs more than an ounce meaning a 47 cent first class stamp won’t suffice. The mail-in ballot weights just under two ounces which requires 68 cents for postage.
You might want to keep this in mind given mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by county election offices by no later than Nov. 11. Send a ballot by mail too close to Election Day without sufficient postage and you will get it sent back to you running the risk you won’t be able to get it back into the mail soon enough for it to arrive on time to be counted.
You also can drop a completed mail-in ballot off at any polling place within your county between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on election day.

Last chance to grill
Manteca council
candidates at one spot
You have one last chance to attend a Manteca City Council candidates’ forum before the Nov. 8 election.
It takes place Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 220 East Yosemite Ave., in downtown Manteca.
Candidates in attendance will answer questions posed by the audience on community issues and concerns. They also will talk about their solutions to city needs and voice their perspectives on Manteca’s future.
Candidates that have confirmed their attendance for Sunday are David Cushman, Ben Cantu, Gary Singh, and Jeff Zellner. Eric Hayes has indicated he may miss his first forum ever due to a conflict with work. Incumbent Debby Moorhead who hasn’t attended the previous two forums also will not be present Sunday.
Manteca voters are electing two council members on Nov. 8.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email