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By Henrietta J. Burroughs
East Palo Alto Today
Written November 2, 2010


Not all went well on election day. Voters were made to wait more than an hour and a half at the polling station at the City Hall Community Room at 2415 University Avenue in East Palo Alto.

According to city resident Jeri Oakley, who arrived to vote at 3:15 p.m. on election day, the polling station ran out of paper ballots and a long line of voters, including many young people, were simply left to stand and wait until more ballots arrived.

Oakley said she called the San Mateo County Registrar’s office and was told that more ballots were being sent and should have arrived. When she told the person that no ballots had shown up, she said she was told that people could come back.

“We are being disenfranchised,” Oakley said. People came out to vote in good faith. They did not expect as many people to show up and they should have been able to accommodate those who came to vote.”

Voters ended up using four voting machines and some turned in their own sample ballots.

Ora Colbert-Johnson said she experienced the same thing where she went to vote at 330 Donohoe St. and she said that more ballots never arrived. She voted with her sample ballot.


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