RIVERSIDE COUNTY ELECTION UPDATE
JEFFRIES TAKES LEAD OVER BUSTER IN POLLS
Buster's Attacks On Jeffries Fall Flat
Election Deadlines Ahead
NEW POLL SHOWS JEFFRIES IN THE LEAD! Let’s start with some great news—we got the results from some polling that was done, and it showed Kevin Jeffries ahead of the 20 year incumbent by a margin of 41% to 31%. While polls are notoriously unreliable, and there is a lot of time left between now and Election Day, this seems to show that Kevin’s message of reform (click here to see reform proposals) and all the hard work by our volunteers is paying off. We just need to keep pushing, and maintain our momentum for two more weeks! (Click here to see the polling news release.)
ATTACKS ON JEFFRIES FALL FLAT! The one thing you can count on when an entrenched Incumbent is starting to see bad news in the polls - He or she will throw everything they can think of (or make up) to try and save the troubled campaign. Here are just a few factually challenged claims coming from the Buster campaign:
> Buster claims that Kevin Jeffries opposed Foreclosure reform.
The Truth: Kevin Jeffries voted to support California’s most important foreclosure reform signed into law, known as the “The California Homeowner’s Bill of Rights”. (Press Enterprise July 2, 2012. AB-278)
> Buster claims that Kevin Jeffries opposed Pension reform.
The Truth: Kevin authored and co-authored major pension reform legislation, and Kevin voted to support California’s largest Statewide Pension reform effort ever signed into law, savings tens of billions of dollars over the next 30 years. (Press Enterprise August 31, 2012. AB-340)
> Buster claims that Kevin Jeffries missed or abstained on votes, including spending for high-speed rail.
The Truth: Kevin voted to OPPOSE $4.5 billion in funding for High-Speed Rail, which included the 135 mile Central Valley portion of track known as the “Train-To-Nowhere”. (Press Enterprise July 5, 2012. SB-1029)
Kevin led a five year battle to require that state Lawmakers be given time to read bills before being required to vote on them. (The Californian April 11, 2012) Jeffries refused to vote on many bills until he knew the contents. Buster is attacking Jeffries for leading the reform and transparency efforts.
After having attacked Jeffries, and with his own campaign signs proclaiming the slogan “Protect Taxpayers”, Bob Buster incredibly refused to cast a vote during a recent Board meeting and stand in opposition (or take any position) on the proposed $50 billion tax increases contained in Prop-30. (Press Enterprise October 17, 2012)
DEADLINES AHEAD: Today, October 22nd, is the last day to register to vote for this election. If you or a family member or friend have moved since you last voted, you need to re-register at your new address. Those who will turn 18 by Election Day are also eligible to register to vote. You can do this by picking up a voter registration form from the Registrar’s Office, the DMV, post offices, or public libraries, but they must be post-marked or personally returned to the Registrar’s Office today!
A safer way to update your registration and not miss the deadline is on the internet. If you visit the Secretary of State’s website (http://registertovote.ca.gov/), you can register to vote from home as late as midnight tonight.
HOW TO VOTE EARLY: Early voting has also started in Riverside County. Early voting locations have been established at the Registrar of Voters, Tyler Galleria in Riverside, and the Promenade Mall in Temecula. You can also turn in your vote-by-mail ballot at one of these locations, or to any county library, or city clerk’s office. You can get details on early voting here: http://www.voteinfo.net/
HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL: The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is next Tuesday, October 30th. You can either submit the application in the back of your sample ballot, or by filling out a form on-line here: http://www.voteinfo.net/vbm/vbm.html
The last day to send your vote-by-mail ballot through the regular mail and be confident it will arrive on time is probably Friday, November 2, but if you miss that deadline, you can still bring your ballot to one of the places mentioned above, or to any regular polling place on Election Day. If you choose to mail your ballot via the Postal Service, be sure to use two stamps to ensure it will be delivered.
ELECTION DAY: Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, and polling places will be open from 7am to 8pm.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP! There are lots of opportunities to help the campaign in these final weeks. This week we will be phone banking in Riverside, and we continue to have people calling from the comfort of their own home as well. We also have people out walking every single day, with larger, more organized walks each weekend. For information on any of these opportunities, contact Kristen@KevinJeffries.com and she will help you help us!
Visit the campaign website to learn more about Kevin or to volunteer at www.KevinJeffries.com. You can also keep up with campaign news and updates by “liking” us at www.facebook.com/JoinKevin or “following” us on Twitter @AsmJeffries.
Kevin Jeffries has been endorsed by the California Small Business Committee, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the Riverside County Farm Bureau, and many other small business owners, community leaders, and families in Western Riverside County.