Re: Poll workers

From: Barbara Simons <simons_at_acm_dot_org>
Date: Tue Oct 12 2004 - 22:44:29 CDT

I am too. At the training session that I attended, we also were told that
we were not allowed to inform the voters that they have the option of using
paper ballots. When I asked why, the instructor said that it was state law.
I asked her to check, and she then responded that it was not state law, but
rather a rule coming from Secretary of State Shelley. I subsequently
checked with Kim Alexander, who sent me Shelley's statement. No where does
he say that election officials may not inform voters of the paper ballot

So, we were told something that, to be polite, was not exactly true. There
was another woman there who shared my concerns. I think that she went to
the press with the story, but it wasn't extensively covered. I was traveling
at the time and unable to do anything. But now that I'm back (just arrived
from London a short while ago), I might try to make a stink.

Wanna join me in this effort?


P.S. We were told to call for more paper ballots if we are running low. No
one said anything about using the ballot from the voter pamphlet.

On 10/12/04 18:36, "Edward Cherlin" <> wrote:

> I'll be an Inspector for Santa Clara County in the Nov. 2
> election, in charge of the Clerks, the machines, and the
> paperwork. We will have five DREs with SmartCard activation,
> including one set up for audio. The rules require us to give a
> paper ballot to anybody who prefers not to use the DREs and asks
> for one, but we are not allowed to offer a ballot.
> If we run out of regular printed ballots, people will be able to
> use the ballot in their voter pamphlets, or any other voter
> pamphlet for the same district. We were taught to handle the
> obvious cases of absentee ballots and provisional ballots.
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