S.F.S. finds election not so smooth sailing

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing Tuesday for Santa Fe Springs’ first experience with the Los Angeles county running the city’s election. Until this year, the city held its own election in March. Consolidating it with the school board elections was expected to save the city an estimated $47,000. Early Tuesday morning, one of the city’s polling places opened late when there weren’t enough precinct workers. Another problem was the change in the ballot that now includes a long stub attached to the ballot for write-in purposes if necessary, McCormack said. In the past,the county had a gray sleeve that provided ballot secrecy and doubled as a write-in ballot, she said. The stub was supposed to be detached if it was blank, she said. “However, instructions to the poll workers were not as clear as they should have been,” she said. Thus, many of the stubs weren’t removed and had to be removed at Norwalk, delaying the vote count. DEMOCRATIC MEETING: The Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club will hold its annual election of officers at its 7 p.m. Monday meeting at the Sizzler Restaurant, 15252 Rosecrans Blvd., La Mirada. For more information, call (562) 943-8527. GOING TO THE PUBLIC: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, and his staff will be present to assist residents from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Whittier Library’s Nixon Room, 7344 S. Washington Ave., Whittier. FUND-RAISER: Rick Ramirez, a candidate in the 56th Assembly District Democratic primary, will hold a fund-raiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 at his home in Norwalk. Cost is $50 per person. For reservations, call (310) 625-1481. IMMIGRATION TALK: Jim Gilchrest, founder of the Minuteman Project, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. Friday breakfast of the Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. The event will be held at the Pacific Palms Conference Center, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 228, Commerce. Or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500, or or e-mail [email protected] Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It didn’t look good,” Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham said. “I don’t know that we’ve had that happen. It did result in two to three people leaving without voting.” Then, the final vote wasn’t released until 3 a.m. Usually. Santa Fe Springs gets final results between 9 and 9:30 p.m. The slow process was caused by some county problems and the fact that ballots from each of the four precincts were taken to staging centers, rather than right to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office in Norwalk. They didn’t get to the staging centers until after 10 p.m., Latham said. Conny McCormack, registrar-recorder/county clerk, said the county always sends ballots to 48 staging centers, because it would be too confusing to have people take them to the Norwalk office. last_img