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Super Tuesday: Alameda County ballots running low

By George Kelly
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 at 5:41 pm in George Kelly.

Oakland Tribune staff writer and “Give ‘Em Hill” columnist Angela Hill shot me an e-mail with word of conditions south and west of Contra Costa County:

As of late afternoon Tuesday, many polling places all over Alameda County ran short on Democratic ballots because so many non-partisan voters had requested them during the day. Staff members from the registrar’s office made numerous trips to polling places to deliver additional ballots.

“We are scrambling to deal with it,” said Guy Ashley, spokesman for the registrar’s office. “It is an issue throughout the county, not any specific area. Fortunately, no polling places have run out to the point where people have been kept waiting. But turnout is very high, and it’s been hard to predict how many extra Democratic ballots would be needed.” Otherwise, voting has been going fairly smoothly, Ashley said. “We have a team of two dozen people staffing phones to specifically answer questions from polling places,” he said. “We had the usual questions in the morning about set-up, and problems with someone not unlocking the door on time, and so on. But that’s always the case.”

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