- Ways counties can save money with all-absentee vote system
- No need to recruit poll workers, send notices or conduct
- No distribution or retrieval of election-day supplies.
- No last-minute cancellations by workers who agreed to
- No paychecks to cut and no W-2 forms to process.
- It wouldn’t have to rent polling places and pay for phones and
- It wouldn’t have to repair voting machines.
- No frantic phone calls about locked doors.
- No preparation or teardown of polling places.
- No confusion about where people must go to vote. — Source:
Austin Erdman, Registrar of Voters, San Joaquin County
Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 12:00 am
By 2012, voters in San Joaquin County may not have a polling
place in which to cast their ballot. Instead, they may be required
to vote by absentee ballot only. County officials are exploring the
idea of a vote-by-mail-only system because it could save the county
considerable money, Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman told the
Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
In fact, that’s already the trend. Only 25 percent of the voters
who cast ballots in the June primary in San Joaquin County went to
their local school, church, community center or neighbor’s garage
to vote, Erdman said. That translates to only 11 percent of the
county’s registered voters.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 12:00 am.