April 26, 2017 02:37 PM PST
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5 Santa Clara Co. cities laud success of early voting

By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO

MILPITAS (Bay Area, Calif.) – The Register of Voters’ (ROV) new program of early voting in five cities in Santa Clara County went well, according to Assistant Registrar Mat Morales.



Morales told FilAm Star that they started the county-wide early voting this year, which is ROV’s added service to the voters after successfully pilot testing it in Sunnyvale in November of last year during their municipal election.

“We decided to implement it county-wide this year for the June 3 primary elections after receiving favorable feedback from voters in Sunnyvale”, Morales said.

This year’s early voting started last Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 in five city libraries in Milpitas, San Jose (Tully Library), Los Altos, Campbell, and Gilroy. There will be another early voting for the June 3 primary elections on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

“We received feedback from voters in the five cities that conducted the early voting centers that voting went well and they appreciated our added service. The early voting was extremely convenient on the part of the voters. There were some minor glitches but we were able to remedy them immediately for the convenience of the voters”, Morales said to FilAm Star.

Morales said that, “… once we perfect the new program, we will use it as a regular service to voters in all major and minor elections in Santa Clara County. We recognize that people are busy during weekends so they come to the library, which are the sites for early voting centers, on Saturdays and Sundays to vote. This is more convenient for them”.

In the main office, which is at Berger Road along Oakland Road, early voting is done 29 days before any election and is conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Morales told the FilAm Star that they may start offering early voting during weekends in the main office.

Assistant Registrar Morales said, “Early voting is one of many services our office (ROV) provide the voters for them to cast their ballots during election time”.

The Milpitas Early Voting Center (EVCM) is staffed by Roy Shon (Team Leader), David Torres (IT), Wesley Kuo, Julia Luo Worrell, Ngoc Hoang, Ray Maglalang, and Elpidio R. Estioko, with Alfred Gonzales, Vote by Mail/Early Voting supervisor, overseeing the operations.

Shon said, “I feel like we are helping and providing the community with an important service which contribute to good community service. As a first time early voting team leader, I see that ballot in demand (BOD) is very efficient and I’m proud to be working with a great team and we all take part in our various roles and positions assigned to us in helping the voters”.

Basically, the difference in the early voting with that of a regular voting is that instead of processing the voters manually, the voters in the early voting are processed electronically. After processing the voters, then ballots are printed based on their language preferences.