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Super Tuesday: Weir weighs in on extra CoCo ballots

By George Kelly
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 at 3:51 pm in George Kelly.

Here’s a quote from Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters Steve Weir in Times staff writers Lisa Vorderbrueggen and Robert Salonga’s story “Contra Costa County has to print more Democratic ballots”

[...] “In order for this to happen, it takes an extraordinary voter turn-out,” he said.

The shortfall is especially alarming given the relatively early hour. Typically, one-third of voters visit the polls before 4 p.m., while the bulk vote after work and into the evening.

The county supplies each of its 800-plus precincts with more than enough ballots to accommodate every registered member of each of the political parties plus the nonpartisan or decline to state voters.

“I don’t quite understand it yet,” Weir said. “I’m still trying to figure it out. There may be a targeted get-out-the-vote effort in this area or just high turnout.”

In a related development, Weir said Contra Costa pollworkers incorrectly refused to supply at least two decline to state voters with Democratic ballots. In California, only the Republican Party bars non-members from participating in its presidential primary.

“We immediately called the inspectors and later sent out rovers to re-inspect the precincts and make sure that we were providing the correct information,” Weir said. “We haven’t received any more calls, so we think we have the problem solved.” [...]

If you have any concerns about getting and filling your ballot before polls close at 8 p.m., state rules say you can always ask to cast a provisional ballot. (That’s what I did this morning.)

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