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June 6, 2018

Oh hai

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

And post your other election related results here.

I had a thought, though, when I was filling out my ballot. I wonder how many progressives in Alameda ended up voting for the Republican on the ticket because they dislike Rob Bonta so greatly.

11 Comments

  1. Five counties in the state have moved to voting by mail instead of polling places. Looking at the results last night would indicate that Alameda county should move to vote by mail to reduce the cost of elections. There were 72,000 ballots casted at approximately 800 polling places. So each polling place had an average of 90 voters show up in 13 hours voting window.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — June 6, 2018 @ 6:40 am

  2. Hey Mike, I do not disagree … being a vote by drop box person myself … but can you give us some facts on the participation of the counties that went VBM only? I think if we did something like only limited polling place (say 1 / 5000 rv) it would give those, like my bride, that want the experience of “Going to Vote” be maintained. What do you think?

    Comment by Ron Mooney — June 6, 2018 @ 8:18 am

    • Seems to work for Oregon. Besides, with all of the special elections in the 2000s people , 2/3 of voters use vote by mail already, though like your bride I still vote at the polls. Anyway here is Google cut n past about Oregon.

      Oregon is one of two states that employ a vote-by-mail only system. Voters receive an information pamphlet three weeks before the election, followed a few days later by their ballots. With an average voter turnout of 60.13 – 8.5 percentage points above the national average – the system is working for Oregonians.Nov 6, 2012

      Comment by Mike McMahon — June 6, 2018 @ 8:58 pm

      • Are mail in ballots counted when they are received, which can be weeks before the election, or are they held and counted after polls close?

        Comment by dave — June 6, 2018 @ 9:43 pm

        • Mail in ballots are verified and held. Not sure of the exact time when the ROV starts processing the ballots through voting machines but the initial results released by the Alameda registrar of voters usually 15 minutes after the polls are vote by mail ballots received the Monday before Election day. Candidates can get report of how many mail in ballots have been received as well as voters who have already in order to have the campaign stop contacting if they pay a fee. In Alameda county there are approximately 350 precincts with no physical polling places so all of the voters vote by mail.

          In Alameda county, the election results now run 1/3 vote by mail received before Election Day, 1/3 ballot box vote and then 1/3 of the total vote are vote by mail ballots dropped off at polling places or mailed on Election Day. The tabulation of post election vote by mail ballots usually takes approximately 10 days.

          Comment by Mike McMahon — June 7, 2018 @ 7:51 am

      • More recent fact would be great … but we both have a day job.
        6 year old data, and no reference to Oregon’s historical voter turn out doesn’t say it is or isn’t a better option for them … Unfortunate that 60% is well above the national average at the time …

        Comment by Ron Mooney — June 7, 2018 @ 8:12 am

  3. I’m pretty sure that voting republican for any reason is grounds for revocation of anyone’s progressive card.

    Comment by Rod — June 6, 2018 @ 9:31 am

  4. Rod, you don’t think there are progressive Republicans?

    Comment by Ron Mooney — June 6, 2018 @ 2:18 pm

    • Rod, Ron, I’m really having a hard time separating republicans from racists at this point. I know this sounds very nasty , but that’s how I see things at this point. unfair or not.

      Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — June 6, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

      • Hey John, On the national level I understand your issue … but I know there are racist Democrats and I know there are good, honorable people that are Republican, mostly for a truer ideology than our US Senate and House … much less that other guy, that have progressive view on local and social issues. In the case this post is about, on can look at the character of the two and decide to cross “party lines” so as not to support someone specifically …

        Comment by Ron Mooney — June 7, 2018 @ 8:09 am

  5. A more recent article. Participation of eligible voters is also important.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/how-oregon-increased-voter-turnout-more-than-any-other-state/

    Comment by Mike McMahon — June 10, 2018 @ 8:17 am


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