Poll Workers a No-Show In San Joaquin County
Some voters were turned away from polls this morning in San Joaquin County because of a shortage of precinct workers.
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Election officials in Stockton had been recruiting and training precinct workers for months in preparation for this election and they thought they had enough volunteers. But County Registrar Deborah Hench said at least one hundred recruits either didn’t show up or quit shortly after the polls opened.
And that delayed polling places and enormous headaches. It’s not just one area, it’s all across the county.
Hench dispatched some staff members to the affected precincts and all the polling sites were operational by mid-morning. Other staffers were sent to look for volunteers. Officials say there’s no way to determine how many citizens were asked to return later in the day to cast their ballot. Hench has no idea why so many precinct workers defected.