Polling place snafu hits Orinda

A semi-truck attempting to deliver election equipment to an Orinda polling site was turned away this afternoon because the entrance road is under some type of construction.

Ordinarily, this would be a plain old inconvenience but this is the eve of road bond elections in Orinda and Lafayette that would raise money for street repairs. The bonds require two-thirds voter approval to pass, which means proponents need every vote they can get.

The polling site is at the Santa Maria Church at 20 Santa Maria Way in Orinda.

Election chief Steve Weir says they will attempt a re-delivery early in the morning using a smaller vehicle as cars and vans seem to be getting through.

Weir hopes he won’t have to move the polling site at the last minute because there won’t be time to notify voters.

But if you arrive at Santa Maria Church and there’s no voting equipment, look around for signs telling you the new location or call the Contra Costa Elections Division at 925-335-7800.

UPDATE: All is well at the Santa Maria Church polling site. Due to some red-tape removal actions from Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, the truck was able to make into the location and unload voting equipment.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen