Audio Files and CDs of Mail-In Ballot Available

By Brian McCallen, LightHouse guest blogger

Attention Pleasanton and Union City visually impaired voters! Multilingual audio files and CDs of ballots in English, Chinese and Spanish are available for the upcoming May 3rd Vote by Mail Special Election.

Both New Haven and Pleasanton Unified School Districts have measures on the ballot. Union City’s Measure B and Pleasanton’s Measure E ask citizens to vote on a parcel tax to protect the public schools from state budget cuts and preserve quality education.

To listen to the ballots online, go to Click on either English, Chinese or Spanish under the “AUDIO FILES” section to download clips of the summaries, analysis, arguments, rebuttals and full text of each measure. You’ll need the free Windows Media Player to play the files.

I listened to the ballot for Measure E. The sound effects helped me recognize the transition from one segment of the ballot to the next.

The CDs are available at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, in Oakland, or you can request them by calling 510-272-6973.

For more details on the special election and related information, visit