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Things quiet at polls, but not as quiet as June

Original post made on Nov 4, 2010

The box of mail-in ballots at the Christian Reformed Church in Palo Alto filled to the brim early Tuesday afternoon, prompting poll workers at the precinct to place all new ballots into a canvas bag. The turnout at the church, which houses two precincts, was higher than it was in June's primary election, workers report.

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Posted by Alice Smith
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 4, 2010 at 12:01 am

By 8 pm precinct 2123 had 122 voters, 23 provisional voters and 176 green and blue vote by mail voters who had delivered their ballots to the precinct. Observers included 2 Poll Watchers and two poll workers (Democratic Party volunteers.

It took an hour to set up on Monday night, and another hour at 6-7 am before the polls opened. Then it took 2 1/4 hours to break down the poll, return the ballots to Jordan Jr. High where the PA Kiwanis members worked with the Registrar of Voters to collect the No. County ballots.

Personally, I think CA should adopt vote by mail only. We had 4 precinct workers supporting too few walk in voters. The fact that 51% of the precinct was vote by mail shows that voting by mail works. It costs millions to run the current form of election which could be done by offering free franking of the ballots and giving a specific date by which the ballots were returned to the registrar of voters. Put that money into hospitals and schools in the county.

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