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Primary PSA - Avoid the Lines!

A reminder especially for my fellow Californians as the primary approaches:

Many jurisdictions allow "in-person absentee" voting before the election day. In California this is after registration closes any time up to 8 pm on election night. You will need to present yourself at the county voter's office (in Alameda County this is the Registrar of Voters office in beautiful downtown Oakland - see http://www.acgov.org/rov) or at another authorized location. (I seem to recall that the Berkeley City Clerk's office used to be one ... maybe it still is.)

You fill out your absentee ballot app, hand it to the worker, and then go into the polling location they have set up.

Your county office may have special opening hours the weekend before the election for the convenience of the public. Check your local listings for details.



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Jan. 30th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who is working part-time at the local elections dept. We have both worked for local government for many, many years, so this didn't surprise either of us, but she reported that on the LAST day to register to vote (Jan. 29), people were five deep at the counter. It's not like it hadn't been public knowledge, but people procrastinate and then complain bitterly about having to stand in line with all the other procrastinators.

It'll be the same with absentee ballots.
Jan. 30th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
This is going to be a Monster Turnout election.

My old office was between the public entrance and the ROV office, so my Turnout Indicator was pretty good. (Jury duty tended to be at one time of day and have people clutching their notices.)

Nov 2000 and the recall election we had people wandering into our office if we left the door open. (We finally put a big sign pointing the way to ROV out front - the county had neglected to do so.) 2004 general got pretty good turnout as well.

There was some activity from the public (not horribly busy) when I went in.
Jan. 30th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
We have permanent absentee ballots, but rather than be organized and mail them in, we always end up dropping them off in person on voting day. On the other hand, if you go in the morning, the poll workers are so happy to see you they almost hug you.
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