Salinas, CA asked in Election Law for California

Q: Hey I just got a letter for California elections code 18700 will I have to pay the fine for not showing up or can I not

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California Elections Code Section 18700, if you were summoned for election duty and failed to appear, you may be subject to penalties, including fines. The specifics can depend on your situation, such as the reason for your absence and whether it was communicated to the appropriate authorities.

If you did not show up due to a valid reason, you should inform the election officials and provide any necessary documentation. Valid reasons might include illness, emergencies, or other significant commitments that could not be avoided. It's essential to communicate promptly and clearly to potentially avoid fines.

If your absence was without a valid reason, it might be harder to avoid the fine. However, you can still reach out to the election authorities, explain your situation, and inquire about any possible steps you could take to mitigate the situation. Remember, transparency and communication are key in addressing the issue effectively.

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