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Alameda County is using paper ballots for the election on Tuesday. 150 poll workers have cancelled their pledge to work.

They still need workers as of 3:30 p.m. PDT. Follow up:

If you can work a full day, 6 a.m. - to 9:30 p.m. with 2 breaks, are a registered California voter, and can pass their brief interview, give this number a call (510) 272-6971 . It is a paid position.

If you have a car, can lift 30 lbs, can pass their interview, are a registered California voter, and can attend a 2.5 hour class on Monday, they may have positions of Inspector left call the same number (510) 272-6971.

Happy voting, and if you can work, the voters thank you. I got an Inspector position, see you out there. Update 1 : According to the Registrar of Voters NO optical scanners what so ever will be used in Alameda County. Update 2 : According to the Registrar of Voters the poll workers are getting older, and can not do the 14 hour day, which is why they had so many cancel their pledges. This situation has existed in the last several elections (3 that I could find online)so, they need to get some new blood in the poll worker line of work. Please step up if you can. Thanks.

Originally posted to sailmaker on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 12:45 PM PDT.

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  •  In light of a recent diary (2+ / 0-)
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    hilltopper, sailmaker

    asking people to put their money where their mouth is and volunteer in elections, I definitely hope this makes the front-page, rec list, or at least diary rescue!

    Much better IMHO to light a single candle than curse the darkness!

    I wish you luck!

    no snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible

    by biscobosco on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 12:44:28 PM PDT

  •  a recommend from me, thanks for stepping up (3+ / 0-)
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    tmo, hilltopper, sailmaker

    here's a link to an AP story about Alameda County's scramble to use paper ballots.

    could be quite the exciting temp job -- with hand-counted results (not enough opti-scan machines) coming in late, it's likely Alameda County's results could decide any close statewide elections.

    WARNING: the story reports:

    Alameda County was forced to abandon its voting machines after they failed to meet federal and state standards.

    without mentioning the history of big voting machine problems in Alameda County. here's one (March 15, 2005) of many Oakland Tribune stories on the issue (no link, just a .pdf)

    Alameda County was a pioneer in electronic voting and its problems, as Diebold's first large customer on the West Coast. Since 2002, county officials have seen computers award thousands of votes to the wrong candidates and voters walk away as e-voting components broke down in large numbers.

    I'm too far away to get to Alameda Cty., so again a personal thanks from me.

  •  150 poll workers have cancelled their pledge (2+ / 0-)
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    George, sailmaker

    is this typical?  What's up with that?

    •  I don't know (1+ / 0-)
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      AllisonInSeattle
      In 2004 there were more than 1,000 polling stations. As Inspector they told me I would be incharge of one station and 3 people. Extrapolating from old numbers, that would mean 4,000 people needed at a minimum, and a 150 people loss would be less than a 5% loss. Seems high, but I don't know the standard behavoir for a temporary task force that necessarily must be either un/under employed or retired.  I'll ask the question in class tomorrow.

      What the president says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock. Senator Sam Ervin

      by sailmaker on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 02:18:31 PM PDT

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  •  Goodness (2+ / 0-)
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    zeitshabba, sailmaker

    I hope the DNC and MoveOn are putting out messages about this.

    Maybe you can ask them to, if they haven't.

    It's the "anti-fear-propaganda" solution: positive news: HeroicStories, free

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 03:43:36 PM PDT

    •  Great idea, I'll get right on it. Tkx. nt (0+ / 0-)

      What the president says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock. Senator Sam Ervin

      by sailmaker on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 04:20:14 PM PDT

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    •  I have found it difficult to get action items (0+ / 0-)

      through to moveon... do you have an in there??

      no snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible

      by biscobosco on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 05:47:46 PM PDT

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      •  No. Drat. (0+ / 0-)
        I made a post on the forum, but I'll bet that is like yelling against the wind, everyone wants something, but the people who need to hear and broadcast, especially on a Sunday, aren't being the ones given the message.

        What the president says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock. Senator Sam Ervin

        by sailmaker on Sun Jun 04, 2006 at 09:42:23 PM PDT

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      •  No, I don't have an in (0+ / 0-)

        There is an address if you hunt and peck enough that theoretically gets email directly to them. It might (shhh) be a volunteer addres?  Shhh.

        They seem pretty geared to putting info out, not taking in.

        It's the "anti-fear-propaganda" solution: positive news: HeroicStories, free

        by AllisonInSeattle on Mon Jun 05, 2006 at 10:50:42 PM PDT

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