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Acampo’s Victoria Gribaudo has been volunteering at the polls since 1957

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:30 am, Thu Nov 8, 2012.

Victoria Gribaudo is a fixture when it comes to manning a voting place. She's been doing it since 1957, longer than anyone else in San Joaquin County.

Gribaudo, 91, has spent more than 54 years as a poll worker, and today, she'll tend to her duties once again in her garage on Peltier Road at Sowles Road.

"She's done a fantastic job for us," said Austin Erdman, San Joaquin County's registrar of voters.

Gribaudo will be honored early next year by the county Board of Supervisors. The ceremony will take place when California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is available to come to Stockton, Erdman said.

Gribaudo says she's honored to hear Erdman's compliment, but she doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

"I don't want all that recognition," she said.

When asked why she keeps helping at the polls even though she's over 90, Gribaudo said, "There's no reason not to. Civic duty, I guess."

At her age, she's slowed down a little.

"I'm not a (voter precinct) inspector anymore," Gribaudo said. "I gave it up when they brought in computers."

One change she's seen since she began her precinct work in 1957 is that the countryside in the area of Peltier and Sowles roads is no longer an area where people know each other, due to subdivisions cropping up in the area.

"With the subdivisions going in, people don't associate like they used to," Gribaudo said. "They aren't that social, and I miss that. It's not like it used to be."

Gribaudo said she may end up seeing more people today because more people with absentee ballots will drop them off at the polls.

"Some will come just to visit," she said. "I have a sister who brings hers in because she wants to make sure it gets counted."

Nevertheless, Gribaudo thinks that election officials are sending too many precinct workers for today's election.

"They're giving us eight workers," she said. "We only need five, maybe six at most. What are we going to do with eight workers? Set up a table and play cards."

If there is one thing Gribaudo enjoys in life, it's playing cards. She goes to the LOEL Center in Lodi every Monday to play whist. On Monday nights, a group of her friends play canasta. And on weekend family get-togethers, Crazy 8 is the game of choice.

Gribaudo was born and raised in Lodi. She and her late husband, Ernest, a dairyman and later a vintner, moved to their current residence on Peltier Road in 1950. They married right after Victoria Gribaudo graduated from Lodi High, and they lived on their parents' dairy on Armstrong Road before moving to Acampo.

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2 comments:

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 9:33 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 229

    Garage door openers, computers, facebook , and vote by mail can take the face to face humane human out of society nowadays. A life of anxiety and fear is nonsense. Pesimism is forgotten when people like you bring touch back to reality.

    I would enjoy meeting you. Perhaps I already have. It would be wonderful to sit on my front porch with a neighborhood of yous . Thanks for your input into the community. It's value is incalculable.

     
  • Rosalie Taddei posted at 8:41 am on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    Rosalie Taddei Posts: 7

    Go Vicky!

     

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