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ABSENTEE VOTERS SEEN AS CRITICAL IN MALL ELECTION.

Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer

GLENDALE - As absentee ballots for the Sept. 14 special election on the Americana at Brand mall begin hitting mailboxes this week, both sides say those votes will be critical.

Supporters and opponents of the $264 million open-air center are both reaching out to voters, urging them to vote by absentee ballot.

The city expects on Monday to begin mailing out sample ballots for the election as well as 800 mail-in ballots to voters who have submitted recent applications for them. Sept. 7 is the deadline to request absentee ballots.

The city also will begin mailing ballots to 4,200 permanent absentee voters this week, City Clerk Doris Twedt said.

``Every voter is important ... but certainly if someone is going to vote by absentee mail, we want to be communicating with them at the earliest possible time, and that's what we've been doing,'' said Harvey Englander, campaign manager for the opposition to the Caruso center. The election is a referendum on three zoning changes granted to the center.

According to Twedt, only those campaigning against the Caruso center - who have been going door-to-door offering voters applications - have turned in any requests for ballots.

The Caruso campaign will be sending out a special mailer encouraging people to request an absentee ballot, Caruso said.

``I think the absentee vote is always important and the history of Glendale has had a pretty good percentage of people voting by mail, and we want to make sure we reach that group of voters,'' Caruso said.

About 50 percent of voters voted by mail in the last couple of municipal elections, Twedt said.

``In recent Glendale elections, it's been a campaign tactic to do the absentee ballot campaign,'' Twedt said, citing the extensive push by Councilmen Rafi Manoukian and Gus Gomez in 2003 to increase absentee voters.

The absentee vote is going to be key in this special election, said Rick Taylor, a Democratic campaign consultant.

Naush Boghossian, (818) 546-3306

naush.boghossian(at)dailynews.com

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Silva Galstyan, right, and Arsen Mirzaian, both 19 and from Glendale, go on a door-to-door campaign Saturday against Measures A, B and C.

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