Recent San Bernardino City Unified School District Election 2011 Mailers

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

If you have not voted yet, here are some recent San Bernardino City Unified School District Election 2011 mailers.

A glossy post card from Margaret Hill (front and back); A large glossy mailer from incumbent Lynda K. Savage (front, back), a smaller glossy mailer from Sharon “Bobbie” Perong (front and back), and a post card from Gil Navarro (front and back).

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517

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The Impact of Early Voting On Campaigning in the San Bernardino City Elections

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

I received my vote by mail ballot Monday and I voted on Tuesday by turning in the ballot to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.  I am certain that many other voters did the same thing.  What that means is that if you, the candidate did not reach me by yesterday, then you potentially missed out on my vote.  Vote by mail (which is a misnomer, because I always deliver my ballot in person) is a convenient way to vote, and it allows you to get an “I Voted” sticker.

I was able to obtain my ballot and vote before any of the negative campaign mailers and before any of the slate mailers.  Neither were going to impact my voting, because my choices became clear after writing about the candidates for a month, attending forums, reading their literature, reading the ballot statements (which caused me to rethink my support of one candidate),  reviewing campaign filings, and in some cases, personally interacting with the candidates.  The only thing I learned from campaign signs is who likes to post in the public right-of-way, and who likes

I would like to thank the candidates for running.  Though they are not all quality candidates, thirteen candidates for four spaces on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board shows that democracy is alive in San Bernardino.  I am just sorry that there were no candidates in the Sixth Ward and for City Treasurer, because single candidate elections smacks of totalitarianism.  Hopefully, there will be significant undervotes and write-ins to protest the lack of competitive races for those two positions.  There is no need for term limits if there is an active electorate.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517

                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Caveats for Local Political Campaign Facebook Pages

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

I am not a great fan of Facebook because of privacy concerns, but there are plenty of people who like Facebook and other social media outlets such as Twitter.  As time goes on, reaching the Facebook demographic is another tool for local political candidates to use to reach voters and supporters.  Here are some caveats for Local Poltical Campaign Facebook Pages based upon what I have seen in the San Bernardino City elections to be held on November 8, 2011.

1. If you are going to have a Facebook page, make sure your grammar and spelling are correct.  Social media makes connections easy, whether it is done from a personal computer or a mobile device like a phone.  That does not mean that you can ignore grammar and spelling.  The worst is when using a mobile application, a candidate uses text speak, or even worse, some dialect of leet.  The worst are the candidates for Member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board who cannot write grammatically correct sentences.

2. Have separate personal pages and campaign pages.  You should not use the personal account for campaigning and vice versa.  Sometimes, your real life friends or family will say something stupid  that should not appear in public.  You will be unfairly judged for the actions of those around you.

3. Anything you say on Facebook can and will be used against you.  Employ the “New York Times Rule” for all postings.  Once again, the ease of posting can relax a candidates’ inhibitions, and they can say something that is not appropriate for the campaign.

4. Consider restricting the dialogue on the site between you, your supporters and voters.  If you do not control your message, your supporters can hijack your page for their own ends, or worse, you can be drawn into debates with your opponents’ supporters, trolls, gadflies, and opposition researchers.  The benefit of Facebook is its interactivity, but that interactivity can be a double-edged sword and end up hurting you.

5. If you are going to have a Facebook page for your campaign, make it open to the public.  Especially people who have no other web presence, it is counter intuitive to require a potential voter to become a fan or friend you in order for them to see basic campaign information.

The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

Address : 300 E. State St. Suite 517

                  Redlands CA 92373-5235
Telephone: (909) 708-6055