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Prop 8: Volunteers Near Polling Locations Getting Kicked Out

by: Julia Rosen

Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 08:57:34 AM PST

Inside the No on 8 boiler room the phones are ringing.  The most common issue is volunteers being challenged for being 100 feet away from polling locations as required by law.

The first problem to crop up was schools, where principals were shooing them away.  This is a pretty typical issue and generally not worth fighting.  In those situations, volunteers can still wave signs by the public entrance on public property.

Now we are starting to get calls from volunteers in front of churches.  Unsurprisingly, the churches are not happy with people urging voters to vote No on Prop 8 and are wielding whatever power they have to try and drive our people away.  In several locations the police were called.  

The No on 8 campaign is armed with a statement from the Secretary of State with a legal interpretation that polling locations are public spaces for the election day and people are allowed to be on property at least 100 feet away.  Each of the volunteers is armed with this letter.  I am trying to get a copy of it and will post it when I have it, but that is my understanding of what it says.

In at least one location our people were shooed away from a Catholic Church, but were letting Yes people to stay.

Julia Rosen :: Prop 8: Volunteers Near Polling Locations Getting Kicked Out
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why are churches polling places anyway? (0.00 / 0)
I mean, really, it seems a bit strange.  


question (0.00 / 0)
Have the people talked to the county registrar to get the church eliminated as a polling place in future years because they fail to be objective to poll watchers?

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Churches work well as polling places (0.00 / 0)
because they often have large rooms and can make those rooms available all day on Tuesday.  In an ideal world you wouldn't need to use churches, but polling needs places, and churches are often willing to help out by offering their indoor space.

In case someone responds by advocating 100% absentee voting, I've had 3 absentee ballots never arrive and another time too late to mail it back, so EVEN IF you do mail absentee ballots to all registered voters, there should STILL be polling places to cast provisional ballots or turn in your absentee ballot by hand.  And most likely we will still need to use churches.

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Turnout (0.00 / 0)
I'm reading on Huffingtonpost that CBS and/or Slate could  call the election before we're even finished out here.  I'm worried that will effect turnout against 8.  Thoughts?

We are quite (8.00 / 1)
worried about that.  You need to make sure everyone of your friends and family know that no matter what they have to make it to the polls to vote against Prop 8.

Spread the word!

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Yes on 8 Robocall Using Barack Obama (0.00 / 0)
I just received a Yes on 8 Robocall to my cellphone that used Barack Obama's response about marriage during the debates.  Unfortunately I didn't get a recording but it went like this:

Male Voice:  Here are Barack Obama's own words on Gay Marriage.  --Then play recording of Obama response to question during debates--.

Male Voice:(Paraphrased) - Proposition 8 defines marriage as between one man and one woman, as you heard Barack Obama state.  Remember to vote Yes on Prop 8.  


yes well, (0.00 / 0)
that's what happens when our candidate has a Jim Crow stance on civil rights.  He couldn't have set it up for them better even if he wanted to.

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In addition (0.00 / 0)
My sister (registered at same address) also got the same robocall a few minutes after I did.

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I front-paged this (0.00 / 0)
heard about these last night.

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Trinity Lutheran Chuch in Walnut Creek (8.00 / 1)
It's been pretty quiet here. The people before us had something of a run-in with the church, but nothing major. When the church's preschool lady saw the No on 8 people she painted signs for Yes on 8 all over the building and then went to get some real Yes on 8 signs. Oh well. It seems voters were about 2 to 1 No on 8 here, though.

We're having a good time!


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