In a strange, unanticipated quirk resulting from California's decision to conduct separate primaries this year for the presidential race and for all other partisan races, Secretary of State Debra Bowen yesterday was forced to release a report that was already three weeks outdated.
The reason is that the Elections Code requires the secretary of state to release voter registration statistics 154 days before a primary election, 60 days before a primary election, and 15 days before a primary election. The 15-day report for the Feb. 5 presidential primary included voter registration statistics through Jan. 22.
Yesterday, Bowen released the 154-day report for the June primary. That period closed on Jan. 1 -- so the numbers in it were three weeks behind the report she already had released in late January. It will take legislation to clean up this silliness.