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High voter turnout causes ballot shortage

Original post made on Feb 5, 2008

Facing an unexpected surge in independent voters requesting a Democratic ballot, Santa Clara County elections officials have had to resort to alternative ballots at some precincts in Palo Alto and other communities, according to spokeswoman Elma Rosas.

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 5, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Don't the election officials read the newspapers? For weeks, everyone has been predicting a record turnout at the Presidential primary election. I hope no one loses their vote because of this screw up.

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Posted by MyVoteDidntCount
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I just returned from voting, and I'm fairly certain my ballot will be thrown out. I waited over 20 minutes (there were only 2 people in line ahead of me) and then was told to use my paper ballot from inside my voter information guide. I marked it, and then took it back to the table where the poll workers were, one worker took it and started to put it in the ballot box when i stopped her and said it had no voter number on it - they hadn't given me one. And I told her that it had nothing connecting it to me/my information, she just grabbed it and put it in the box. I've been voting for almost 30 years, and I've never seen such a poorly run or more user-unfriendly polling place. There has GOT to be a better way.

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Posted by Absentee
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm

MyVoteDidntCount: Sign up as a permanent absentee voter. You get your ballot in the mail, and can drop it off at the polls on election day if you don't want to send it in early. Between voting machines which can't handle surges, and incompetent local officals who don't supply enough ballots, it seems to be the only way to reliably vote.

Signup form can be found at the following link: Web Link____

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Posted by Absentee
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 5, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Looks like this site doesn't like really long URLs ending in a bunch of underscores.

Here's a working link.

Web Link

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Posted by Jenny
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 5, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Time to return to computer balloting. Computers are always there, they don't run out of paper ballots.

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Posted by Absentee
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 6, 2008 at 10:53 am

Jenny: Computers actually make it worse. You can produce extra ballots on election day using a photocopier. You can't produce extra computers on election day when the lines of voters are out the door.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2008 at 9:53 pm

This was such a strange headline. Actually shortage of ballots caused the problem, not high voter turnout. The polling places should be prepared with enough ballots for each registered voter should they decide to vote. High voter turnout is a good thing, not a problem that causes the polling places to not have enough ballots.

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