Notice of Argument Deadlines

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2014

May 6, 2014 Election - Notice of Argument Deadlines

Notice of argument deadlines for measures to be voted on in the Novato Unified and Reed Union School Districts in Marin County at the May 6, 2014 Special Vote By Mail Election.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Marin County Registrar of Voters that a Special Vote by Mail Election will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. There will be no polling places for this election.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following School measures will be placed upon the ballot at said election and read as follows:

Measures Submitted to Voters


To preserve quality education in Novato schools without increasing taxes and maintain stable local funding that cannot be taken by the State to: Maintain competitive science, math, engineering and other programs; Attract and retain high quality teachers; Integrate modern instructional technology to prepare students for future success. Shall Novato Unified School District renew the expiring school parcel tax at the current rate for 8 years, with an exemption for seniors, independent oversight, and no money for administrator salaries?

YES            NO


To support excellent academic programs and high-quality, 21st-century education by: Retaining highly qualified, experienced teachers; Supporting innovative core academic programs and enhanced science, technology, engineering and math programs; Minimizing class size increases; Supporting art, music, and library programs. Shall Reed Union School District renew and increase its expiring annual education parcel tax by $138 per year for eight years, with senior exemptions, annual adjustments, no money for administrator salaries, and all funds staying in local schools?

YES            NO

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that arguments for or against the above measures shall not exceed 300 words in length. The Registrar of Voters shall print an argument for and an argument against each measure in the sample ballot, which is mailed to all registered voters in the above districts.

Arguments for or against said measures, with signed verification form, should be submitted to the Marin County Elections Office, Room 121, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, California, not later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The governing board, or any member or members of the board, or any bona fide association of citizens, or any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure or any combination of such associations and voters may submit written arguments for or against a measure.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that direct arguments for or against said measures may not be changed or withdrawn after 4:30 p.m. on February 18, 2014.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that when the Registrar of Voters has selected the arguments for and against said measures, copies of the argument in favor of said measures shall be sent to the authors of the argument against and copies of the argument against shall be sent to the authors of the argument in favor. The authors may prepare and submit rebuttal arguments not exceeding 250 words. The rebuttal arguments must be filed with the Registrar of Voters by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Rebuttal arguments shall be printed in the same manner as the direct arguments. Each rebuttal argument shall immediately follow the direct argument, which it seeks to rebut.

A verification form, available from the Election Office, must accompany all arguments and rebuttal arguments. Forms are available at For further information, contact the Elections Office at (415) 473-6437.

All materials pertaining to the measures will be available for public examination in the office of the Registrar of Voters for ten (10) days from the date of filing.


Melvin Briones
Assistant Registrar of Voters
Elections Department

Marin Civic Center Administration Building
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 121
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6443
Email: Melvin Briones
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