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Low ballot returns could cause PD-GWSS referendum problem

More than 1,000 outstanding ballots must returned by May 11 to validate the vote on continuing the Pierce’s Disease-Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (PD-GWSS) Referendum.

The PD/GWSS board says about 25 percent of the 7,000 ballots sent to growers have been returned.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) must receive at least 40 percent of all ballots to count the votes for extending the program until 2021.

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PD-GWSS ballots in the mail to wine grape growers

Referendum ballots on whether to renew the Pierce’s disease/glassy-winged sharpshooter assessment are in the mail.

If you paid the 2014 assessment, you should receive yours shortly. Once the ballot(s) are received, it is important to vote and return them quickly.

Some growers will get more than one ballot. This is not a mistake.

If you have office staff who receives your mail, alert them not to throw away any extra ballots and to get them to you immediately so you can vote and return them.

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