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Re: [EchoElysianNCForum] Polling place confusion

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  • Carol Cetrone
    from the Echo Park - Silver Lake Patch on Facebook: Did you vote provisionally yesterday? Did you fill out a pink form after failing to find your name on a
    Message 1 of 21 , Nov 7, 2012
      from the Echo Park - Silver Lake Patch on Facebook:
      Did you vote "provisionally" yesterday? Did you fill out a pink form after failing to find your name on a precinct list? 
      Dean Logan, County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, says it's 85-90 percent certain your vote will count. Watch video here. AR
      (not that they shouldn't iron out these issues for next time, but just thought it would make some people feel a tiny bit better...)

      On Nov 6, 2012, at 6:46 PM, Trey Baskett wrote:


      Yep Tyler you were right. I went BACK to the polling place. I didn't see the map or that voting districts were broken down by color with a corresponding table. This polling place got blindsided with the closure and overflow from two other polling locations. I was directed to the wrong table. Even after asking lots of questions as to why my name was missing they still told me to vote provisionally. So I did. Not once did they tell me to verify with the other tables. I should have been more observant. In reality my table was across the room and they found my name the second time around. Too late. Even now, an hour and half before closing they were still failing to tell people to check with each table before voting provisionally. To anyone going to Elsyian Valley Rec Center: if they can't find your name make sure you check with each table before voting provisionally. The folks there are volunteers and they are little frazzled.

      From: Tyler Whitmer <tyler.whitmer@...>
      To: "EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com" <EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 5:03 PM
      Subject: Re: [EchoElysianNCForum] Polling place confusion

      yeah i was at the wrong table first this morning and was just lucky enough to see someone putting up a map that showed i was supposed to go to a different table (they were color coded by section of the neighborhood on the map).  when i got the right table everything was super easy, just like it has generally been at the elementary school in elections past.  still hope they reinstate the elementary school as a polling place in the future.  so much easier to go there than over to elysian valley.

      On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Michael Lawler wrote:
      They were pretty screwed up there...certain addresses at certain tables, and no one seemed to have a clue how to direct you.  I hope you asked at every registration table. 

      I saw someone opening and closing a ballot reader, then try to put the tamper-proof lock on it, couldn't, then left it unlocked. 


      At 04:33 PM 11/6/2012, you wrote:


      I just voted "provisionally" in the most important election of our lifetimes. Now you ask, "Why Trey? Why would you do such a foolish thing? Provisional votes sometimes don't get counted." And you would be right. But you see, some knucklehead, or knuckleheads, in the Los Angeles County Registrar's office decided to change my...our, polling location LAST WEEK. At least that is when I got the postcard telling me to go to Elysian Valley Rec Center instead of Baxter Elementary.  Of course when I arrived to vote today they had NO record of my having registered to vote. And the same must be true for thousands of you neighbors I presume. So, with long face and heavy heart at the vagaries of a democratic bureaucracy, I cast my provisional ballot and watched the nice gentleman place it in a box behind the scanner to be verified...when? The next 30 days...maybe? 

      Disappointed does not begin to describe my mood.

      I called the 800 number provided at the polling place and the woman told me my vote would be counted tonight. But the card says my vote will only be counted if my eligibility to vote is verified. I am assuming that has to be done by hand for thousands of people.

      Anyone had a similar experience today who can shed light on this?


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