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Many mail-ins, little drama in Palo Alto election

Original post made on Nov 6, 2013

The fire station on Arastradero Road in Palo Alto had all the trappings of a precinct on Election Day on Tuesday -- a table staffed with poll workers, stacks of ballots, checklists and registries. The only thing that was missing was the voters.

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Posted by Baroness
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

Many thanks to all the volunteers for their generous donation of time and energy on election day.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

One of these days something scandalous will be revealed a day or two before election day and all those people who mailed in their ballots will be asking how to change their votes.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Nov 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I voted at the Buddhist Church. This was the first time where there was a cheerful person who clearly knew what was going on because I had a situation which required knowledge of procedures. In past years, there were a lot of clued-out senior citizens who worked slowly. People just want to get in and out. It's already tough getting people to show up to vote - if they have to wait long, they might not be back - sad but true.

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Posted by Turnout was NOT light
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2013 at 4:41 am

Turnout on Measure D was 14,540 ( so far (there are ballots still to count).

Turnout on Measures D and E two years ago was 15,559 (43.9%), not much more.

Turnout in the last odd-year City Council election in Palo Alto in 2009 was 14,802 (40.8%).

So turnout was quite respectable for an off-year election.

On this election, turnout by precinct ranged between 30% and 55%.

So ignore the BS about light turnout making the outcome not representative.

It is no less representative than the election in 2009 in which Karen Holman exceeded the totals of Greg Scharff (the current Mayor) and Nancy Sheppard (the current Vice Mayor) and Gail Price. Hopefully, Karen Holman will be chosen as Vice Mayor for 2014. She deserves it, and our city will be better for it.

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Posted by member
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 7, 2013 at 7:40 am

Hi there junior resident, CLUED OUT senior citizen, slow? Probably more expereince voting and knowing the rules than you. Blatant age assumption, blatant ignorant comment. Guess we know how you voted, don't want any old, slow folks living in PA.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

@Member -Thank you and @Resident: Just an FYI...
There are so many rules that have to be followed. Age makes no difference in how long it takes.
Many people come to a polling place they went to "before" only to find out they have been changed to a different location. The rule for that is they can still vote there, but it will be a Provisional Vote. It has to be handled differently. There are people who are "mail in voters" and go into their polling place with no ballot. They too, have another circumstance that obviously slows down the line.
The people who volunteer, don't do this every day - what like once every two or so years? Even once a year isn't enough to memorize every situation that arrises. Give them a break and expect delays, but hope for speed.
I appreciate the 15+ hours they put in for a day (6am till at least 9pm sometimes later).