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How long will the lines be at the polls?

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2008

Since we have our own hot topic (N), a hot state topic (8) as well as the national election, I am wondering if our polling places will be ready this time or if it will be another fiasco of lines and shortages?

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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:18 am

Hopefully, they will have enough ballots this time. If you want to minimize your chance of problems, vote early. Most of the problems occur in the last couple of hours before closing time.

Does Santa Clara County allow you to vote in-person before election day at the county court house?

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Posted by Miriam Palm
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:15 am

I work as a field inspector for the election. We do the best we can to process voters at precincts, but people need to respect our responsibility to vet voters on precinct rosters, as it must be done carefully. If people need to vote provisionally that takes extra time for election boards to process; this is necessary when voters are at the wrong precinct or cannot produce a ballot our records show they were sent in the mail. The steps we take are to prevent people from voting more than once; all the processes we perform are required by law.

To speed voting, I have these suggestions:
1. If you are voting by mail, send in your ballot now, before Election Day.
2. If possible, vote during relatively "slow times", mid morning and early afternoon. Precincts often have a lull then.
3. Be patient; every voter standing in line at 8 p.m. will be processed and allowed to vote.

Please be aware that some Palo Alto precincts, including my home precinct, are Mail Only for this election. There is no physical polling place to visit, although you may return your mail ballot to any county precinct.

You may vote in person before Nov.4, but you need to go to ROV headquarters in San Jose to do so.

Please see our county's ROV Website for further information:
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