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No time off for holidays

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt’s not that the county has a bah humbug attitude, it’s that it just seems they don’t get any time off from elections. “We’re doing our best to make sure people have a little time off over the holidays, but we’re in full election mode and will be in the future,” Logan said. While 2007 typically would be considered an off year, the office will have had nine elections after Tuesday when the 55th Assembly District special election is held. “There hasn’t been a break,” Logan said. The future doesn’t look any easier with the presidential primary on Feb. 5. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. With Christmas approaching, for most people that can only mean a slow-down in work and a time to relax and enjoy the holiday season. But not for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s Office. “What vacation season?” asked Dean Logan, chief deputy registrar. Ballots will be issued during December for that race. MORE ELECTION TALK: Permanent absentee voters recently received a letter indicating the option of requesting party ballots for the upcoming presidential primary election and setting a Dec. 3 deadline. However, that date was just a request, not a deadline, said Logan, chief deputy registrar. Election law in California allows political parties to decide whether to permit nonpartisan voters the choice of voting for a partisan candidate. Only the Democratic and American Independent parties are offering that choice in the Feb. 5 election. “The response date was intended to assist in meeting timelines for the initial mailing of ballots and not to limit voter choices,” said Conny McCormack, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk. “Requests from nonpartisan voters who wish to cast Democratic or American Independent party ballots will be honored regardless of the date received,” McCormack said. DRIVER’S LICENSES: Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, has joined more than 150 members of Congress in co-authoring legislation to prevent driver licenses from being issued to undocumented residents. Ten states do not require license applicants to demonstrate that they are lawfully present in the United States. Miller said the proposed law is important because driver licenses have become the de facto national identification card. They are accepted for a variety of purposes including travel, conducting financial transactions, opening bank accounts, renting vehicles, and purchasing homes. DEMOCRATIC MEETING: The Mark Twain Democratic Club will hold its annual holiday party from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. Guests are asked to bring unwrapped toys for all ages to be given to the Whittier Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter. For information, call Raul and Lillian Gonzales, (562)692-6836. HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will hold an open house from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at his district office, 23355 E. Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar. Wine and dessert will be served. For reservations, call Leia Hernandez, (909) 860-5560. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more