Re: Poll workers

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Tue Oct 12 2004 - 23:31:54 CDT

On Tuesday 12 October 2004 08:44 pm, Barbara Simons wrote:
> 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 option.
> 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?


> Regards,
> Barbara
> 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" <>
> > 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.

Edward Cherlin
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