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Polling Place Recruiting Becoming More Difficult, by the Day

April 1, 2018 – It is increasingly difficult to recruit polling places, for a variety of reasons. For instance, a long-time polling place in an apartment complex clubhouse, located in Westminster (since 1994), recently told us that they no longer wanted to be a polling place due to parking and “space concerns”. Voters don’t understand these changes and dynamics, which make it demanding for voters and us alike.

This election cycle, in particular, has been challenging due to numerous modernization and construction projects throughout the County. A strong economy can cause downstream effects on the recruitment of polling places.

We are currently missing 44 polling places – at a time when we should be “locked” for the June Primary. These issues are spread throughout Orange County – here’s the breakdown:

  • South County: 25
  • North County: 10
  • West County: 5
  • South Central County: 4

This is your Weekend Open Thread.  Comment about that, or anything else you’d like, within reasonable bounds of reason, discretion, decency, and decorum.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)