Moreover, “at one point we had a person in each poll booth and one person waiting,” said clerk Frank Duarte.
Everything went “fine” in that precinct, said Rodriguez, but “nobody wants to vote.”
This last is not the case for Brawley residents Adam, Sarah and their mother, Connie Talbott.
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“Yes, I did vote,” said Adam. He votes every time, he said.
Voting “(is) a civic duty,” said Connie. “Can’t complain if you don’t vote,” she said.
Voting “is always a family affair” for them, said Sarah, adding the three went to vote together.
No major incidents were reported aside from a shortage of poll workers and missing supplies some workers forgot to take with them, county elections coordinator Debra Porter said.
A shortage of workers is “something that happens every election,” Porter said. Usually there is “a surplus list” of workers, she said, but not this year.
The empty spots at polling sites and the missing supplies were resolved, Porter said. The registrar reassigns workers from filled sites to those precincts that need them, she said.
Besides answering voters’ calls there wasn’t much taking place through the day, Porter said. “It’s a mellow type of day because it’s not a countywide election,” she said.
The polls closed at 8 p.m. and consequently the county registrar of voters office became filled with poll workers and boxes filled with ballots and supplies. Ballots were unpacked, checked for damages, scanned and counted.
“Everything is going good,” said Porter adding no incidents took place besides the shortage of workers and the forgotten supplies.
“A very nonexciting election,” she said.
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