Masters of Multitasking

Red Supply Cases awaiting attention With only four days left until the voters of the 12th Congressional District get the opportunity to select a new U.S. Rep. during April 8 Special Congressional Open Primary Election, the Elections Office is kicking things into high gear.

Rows of red reach into each corner of the warehouse, screaming for attention amidst the tan and metal. At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, barely past dawn, those Red Supply Cases will be granted their wish as they are tucked into the Elections Office vans for the second time in as many months.

L&A Testing of Ballot Now

While Tuesday may not be the Tsunami that Feb. 5 represented, the timing of the election places it in the middle of an election cycle that has not one, not two, not even three, but five, distinctly different elections that each ask voters to turn their attention to a separate issue.

Five elections in one year – it may not seem like much, but consider that San Mateo County typically hosts only two elections (the Primary Election and the General Election) during a presidential cycle.

Sample Ballot Production

So how do we keep track of everything? One word – “multitasking.”

As the supplies get transferred to their requisite polling locations for Tuesday’s election, a whole separate section of the office hunkers down in the ballot processing room for Logic & Accuracy (L&A) testing in preparation of the May 6 Portola Valley Elementary School District Special Mail Ballot Election.

Three cities south in Redwood City, the Graphics team holes up in their cubes tapping away furiously at keyboards and mouse buttons to finalize the June 5 Statewide Direct Primary Election Sample Ballots for production.

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