The last ballots for Burbank’s all-mail General Election were mailed on Thursday, March 21, according to the City Clerk’s office. This means voters should receive their ballots by Saturday, or at the latest Monday. Watch for this big white envelope, if you live in the city, advises the ANCA-Burbank.
“Everyone is watching our community since our votes put two candidates over the top, getting them elected in the primary. That doesn’t usually happen in Burbank,” said Gaidzag Shabazian, Armenian national Committee of America—Burbank Electoral/Political Chair. “Our votes also helped put two City council candidates into the lead positions going into the April 9 all-mail election.”
Burbank adopted the mail-in ballot system a decade ago. This makes voters’ lives much easier because they don’t have to go to a polling place on Election Day, which is Tuesday, April 9. All ballots must be RECEIVED in the City Clerk’s office by 7:00 pm that day. Otherwise they will not be counted. A postmark with that date is not valid.
The Burbank ANCA’s endorsed candidates are:
City Council: David Gordon and Jess Talamantes
Board of Education: Larry Applebaum and Steve Ferguson
Voting is easy. Just fill in the bubbles next to the names of the candidates endorsed by the ANCA. (See the accompanying picture of the completed, two sided, ballot). Then, tear off the top stub of the ballot and insert the ballot in the secrecy sleeve. Next, put the ballot/secrecy sleeve in the yellow envelope provided. Sign the envelope. Drop it in the mail. This year, for the first time, the envelope is postage-paid, so voters don’t have to put a stamp on it.
See the accompanying picture of the envelope in which the ballot and voter pamphlet were mailed for the February, so you know what to expect.
“Our Burbank voting system is easy because we all vote from the comfort of home,” said Hagop Hergelian, ANCA-B activist. “Please be very alert and watch for your ballot. But, voters often mistake the large white ballot envelope for junk mail and throw it out. Then, they have to get a replacement, wasting time and effort.”
Participation by the Armenian community is very important. It demonstrates the concern everyone shares for improving Burbank and gets people elected to office who are most sensitive to the Armenian community’s needs.