Observe CSUS Vote Center

Observe CSUS Vote Center

LWVSC Logo
On 3/3/2020, Marge Patzer and Phil Hall observed the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters at CSUS Modoc Hall.  We visited the vote center at several different times during the day.  The vote center was well organized with adequate voting equipment and space for people to sit, if needed.  The supervisor, Mike, and his crew were polite and helped voters quickly.  The staff said there were three times more staff at the CSUS votevcenter this year.  We were vote center observers November 2018 when lines were around the block.  This year was a dramatic improvement.

Voters coming to register, to get a new ballot or other service, were helped in a timely manner.  The longest we saw people wait was 30 minutes.  Quite a few people were “no party preference” and had not received a replacement ballot to vote. The greeter was congenial, making people feel at ease.  She told us that her mother said that she could talk to a rock and have a nice conversation!  We told her that she was doing great.  

At 3:00 PM a 92-year woman walked in the center with her walker. She had walked 3+ miles from River Park to deposit her ballot.  She told us that she had walked to her polling place for over 40 years.  She decided to walk this year even though the site had changed.  By the time she arrived, she was exhausted and thirsty.  Fortunately, I had met her several days prior at the 100th birthday party for the Sacramento Chapter of American Association of University Women.  She was the chapter president in 1959 – 60.  Since she knew me, I was able to give her a ride home. When I checked on her the next day, she had fully recovered and had her handyman fix her walker so she could fold it. What a thrill to see people so anxious to voter that they would go to such extreme efforts!