Posts Tagged ‘Department of Elections’

San Francisco’s Appointed Mayor Ed Lee Talks About Raising the Minimum Wage, But Election Day Poll Workers Make Less Than That – Why?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

All right, c’mon, “Apply to be a Poll Worker!

Attend one training class that will clearly explain Poll Worker duties.”

“All Poll Workers must arrive at the polling place no later than 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. Although the polls officially close at 8:00 p.m., Election Day does not end until all materials have been picked up (usually around 9:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.). There will be meal breaks during the day. 

So let’s do the math:

Training in Civic Center before the election: 3 hours or so.

Game Day: 15.5 hours, less breaks = 8 hours straight time and let’s say 6.5 hours of OT at time-and-a-half

So what’s that, 3+8+6.5+3.25 = 20.75 effective hours of work?

Multiplying by the official City and County minimum wage of $10.74 yields $222.86 total pay.

And using the vaunted $15 per hour minimum promised by quasi-governmental spokesperson and noted Berkeleyite Randy Shaw, we arrive at $311.25.

And what is appointed Mayor Ed Lee offering these poor souls? Well apparently no pay at all for the mandatory training, and then:

“Depending on your assignment, Poll Workers are paid between $142 and $195  for working on Election Day.”

Is this a joke, you ask?

No, Gentle Reader, it’s not. They’re srsly.

I cry foul.

In any event, if you’re an inspector you can make  a bit more, but then you gotta deal with high school seniors with their Katy Perry and cell phones and whathaveyou. They’re intelligent, you know, but lazy. And if their work doesn’t add up the way it should shortly after 8 PM, well that’s tough cookies – you’ll hear the beep beeps from the waiting cars and then the kids are gone and you, the vaunted elections inspector, will be left to fix things up.

Anyway, you get something like this for your troubles …

…but you won’t get minimum wage.

Now why is that?

San Francisco Requires Employers to Pay Minimum Wage and Overtime But It It Itself Doesn’t Pay Election Workers Minimum Wage

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Yeah, I’m thinking that what our Department of Elections pays workers on election day is enough for about 11.5 hours, considering San Francisco’s $10.55 minimum wage and CA’s overtime laws. And yet workers need to labor something like 15 hours on Election Day.

I cry foul.

Check it:

“Poll Workers Are Needed for the November 5 Municipal Election

Posted Date:9/25/2013 8:30 AM
Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2013 – The Department of Elections is currently seeking poll workers for the upcoming November 5 Municipal Election.

It takes more than 2,500 poll workers to conduct an election. Poll workers operate polling places on Election Day and assist voters in many parts of the voting process. Some poll workers have volunteered during every election for decades. Poll workers include high school students learning on-the-job civics lessons, retirees, and hundreds of people who take a day off from their regular lives to be of service to San Francisco voters.

Poll workers attend a training class prior to the election, in which all duties are explained in detail. Lead poll workers must also pick up materials before Election Day and transport them to their assigned polling place on the morning of the election.

Applicants must be United States citizens, age 18 or older, and registered to vote in California. All positions are one-day assignments and pay between $132- $190.

Individuals interested in serving as poll workers must apply in person at the Poll Worker Hiring Office, which is open every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on September 27 and is located at the Department of Elections at City Hall.

For further information, visit sfelections.org/pollworker or call the Department of Elections’ Poll Worker Division at (415) 554-4395.”

Or maybe I’m missing something?

LONDON CALLING! Uh Oh, Sellout Supervisor Christina Olague Isn’t Getting Much Love From District 5 – London Breed Declares

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Now let’s see here, who’s going to endorse Sellout Supervisor Christina Olague (she went from being a Green to being a Dem to running a Republican campaign in just few short years – isn’t it ironic, don’tcha think?) when she tries to hold on to the office she was just appointed to as a reward for last year’s Run Ed Run campaign? I don’t know.

But I do know who’s not going to support her, uh, speak of the Devil, Mayor Ed Lee, for example – he says he’s staying out of this one. Oh, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris and an assortment of D5 NIMBY types won’t support Olague neither. I know this ’cause they’re showing up for District 5 native London Breed’s City Hall presser this AM. Deets below.

(Of course it’s very possible Accidental Mayor Ed Lee just might prefer London to win this one, but, frankly, it would be nice to see the Sellout Supervisor go down in flames after just a few months in office.)

Let’s shake things up, baby!

“LONDON BREED TO ANNOUNCE CANDIDACY
FOR DISTRICT 5 SUPERVISOR

Breed will be joined by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, SF Board of Education Member Rachel Norton and District 5 Community Leaders

San Francisco, CA – On Monday February 27th, London Breed, Executive Director of the African American Art & Culture Complex, Fire Commissioner and lifelong District 5 resident, will take out papers at the Department of Elections and announce her candidacy for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Breed will be joined by California Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Francisco Board of Education Member Rachel Norton, as well as community leaders from across District 5 including Ted Loewenberg, President of the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association; Andrea Jadwin, Co-President of the Inner Sunset Neighborhood Association; Jarie Bolander, Past-President of the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association; Richard Hashimoto, President of the Japantown Merchants Association; Leroy King, ILWU pensioner and Reverend Amos Brown, Pastor, Third Baptist Church.

WHAT: London Breed to announce candidacy for District 5 Supervisor
WHERE: SF Department of Elections, City Hall, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
WHEN: Monday, February 27th, 11:00am”

Here’s Your Chance to Avoid Getting a Monstrous, Phonebook-Like “Voter Information Pamphlet” Before Each Election – Opt Out, Baby!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Enjoy:

“Until recently, state and local laws required that each registered voter be mailed a copy of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot. Recently passed state and municipal laws allow voters to “go green” by opting out of receiving a Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, and accessing it online instead.

How do I change the way I receive my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot?

Use the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form to request that mail delivery of your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot be stopped, OR to resume mail delivery if you previously had it stopped.

Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Online Form

Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form (PDF)

To opt out of receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample ballot by mail for the June 5, 2012 election and all future elections, a completed form must be received by the Department no later than April 16, 2012. If the request is received after this date, the change will take effect for the next election.

If I decide to opt out of receiving my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, where can I find it online?

Approximately 40 days prior to any election, your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot will be available online on the San Francisco Department of Elections website, www.sfelections.com/toolkit. At that time, the Department will send a reminder to the email address you have provided on the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form.

If I opt out of receiving my Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail, can I request to start receiving it again in the mail?

Yes. You can request to opt back into receiving your Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot in the mail by completing theVoter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot – Opt Out/Opt In Form at least 50 days prior to an election.

Is the Voter Information Pamphlet available in accessible formats?

Yes. The Voter Information Pamphlet posted on our website, www.sfelections.org/toolkit, is compatible with screen readers. The Department of Elections also offers the Voter Information Pamphlet in audiocassette, audio CD and large-print formats. To request a copy of this pamphlet in an accessible format, please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or byemail.

Will my email address remain confidential?

The Department of Elections will keep your email address confidential. However, California Election Codes section 2194(a)(3) requires the Department to provide your email address “to any candidate for federal, state, or local office, to any committee for or against any initiative or referendum measure for which legal publication is made, and to any person for election, scholarly, journalistic, or political purposes, or for governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State.”

 

“The Department of Elections Encourages Voters to ‘Go Green’”

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, February 15, 2012 -The Department of Elections is encouraging voters to “go green” by opting out of receiving a paper version of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot in the mail, and accessing it online instead on the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org. The online Voter Information Pamphlet is available approximately 40 days prior to every election, and online versions of the pamphlet are also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Until recently, the law required that each registered voter be mailed a copy of the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot. With recent changes to state and municipal laws, voters now have a choice in how they receive the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot.

Voters who wish to stop mail delivery of their Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot may complete the online Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot
Opt Out/Opt In form available on the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org. The request must be submitted at least 50 days prior to an election for it to go into effect for that election.

To opt out of receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot by mail for the June 5, 2012 election and all future elections, a completed form must be received by the Department no later than April 16, 2012. If the request is received after this date, the change will take effect for the next election.

Voters who decide that they prefer to receive a paper version of their Voter Information and Sample Ballot after they have signed up to “go green” can revert to the paper version at any time by using the online form.

For more information, visit the Department’s website, www.sfelections.org.

Update from the Leland Yee Campaign: “Latest Ed Lee Voter Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Here’s a look at some background and then find a fresh release below.

Ed Lee backers said to fill in ballots for others

More Fraud Accusations for Lee Supporters

The Ed Lee Story: An Expected Ballot Tampering

“Latest Ed Lee Voter Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg - Volunteers witness many instances of potential voter fraud and election violations by Ed Lee campaign

SAN FRANCISCO – Volunteers for Leland Yee’s campaign for mayor are hearing about and witnessing many instances of potential voter fraud and election violations conducted by Ed Lee’s campaign. Over the past several days, Yee’s volunteers have witnessed or heard from voters about at least six different incidents of voter fraud or intimidation.

“I am deeply concerned that the voting rights of individuals are being abused, seniors in subsidized housing are being taken advantage of, and laws that are meant to protect the integrity of the voting process are being ignored and circumvented,” said Yee.

Yesterday, the Bay Citizen and the San Francisco Chronicle reported on workers of an independent expenditure campaign for Ed Lee filling out ballots for voters and in some cases using a stencil which only allowed voters to cast their vote for Lee and no other candidate. The Ed Lee workers also collected dozens of vote-by-mail ballots from voters at the make-shift station.

“What we are hearing from the field is deeply concerning, not just for our campaign but for the integrity of this election and our democracy,” said Jim Stearns, Yee’s campaign manager. “We are encouraging individuals to report potential violations to the Department of Elections; unfortunately, our volunteers are witnessing that many voters are reluctant to speak out, because they are afraid of potential retaliation such as losing their housing.”

These incidents appear to be just the tip of the iceberg as Yee’s campaign volunteers and workers have also witnessed the following voter and election fraud:

At a number of Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) run housing complexes, residents told Yee workers that they turned their ballots over to their apartment managers. Volunteer Tommy Lin said, “Many residents told me they didn’t even know who they voted for, because their ballots were turned over before they were filled out.”

According to Yee worker Andy Li, at the federally-funded Senior Housing Complex on 441 Ellis St, residents were invited to the common room for help on how to fill out their absentee ballots, but were first treated to a projector video of commercials and videos of Ed Lee. Residents then were “assisted” by Ed Lee volunteers in filling out their absentee ballots.

In clear violation of election law, Bayview volunteers told Yee’s Field Director Anthony Thomas that they were paid $150 cash to walk precincts and do other voter contact in the neighborhood.

In a number of Filipino housing complexes, absentee ballots still have not arrived at residents’ homes, raising concerns that they may have been removed by apartment management. Yee is widely considered to be heavily favored in the Filipino American community.

A number of Ed Lee volunteers have attested that they were assigned to work on both Ed Lee’s official mayoral campaign as well as his various independent expenditure campaigns, raising serious issues of illegal coordination between the campaigns.

“It is imperative that the Elections Office, Ethics Commission, Secretary of State, District Attorney, Attorney General, and the US Attorney immediately investigate these various illegalities,” said Stearns. “Ed Lee and his comrades are already under investigation by the DA and US Attorney; it is now time for him to come clean for the good of San Francisco.”

Leland Yee is endorsed by the United Educators of San Francisco, California Nurses Association, Sierra Club, San Francisco Firefighters, AFSCME, SEIU, San Francisco Labor Council, and the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council. Yee immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 3. His father, a veteran, served in the US Army and the Merchant Marine, and his mother was a local seamstress. Yee graduated from the University of California – Berkeley, then earned a Ph.D. in Child Psychology, and later served in various mental health and school settings. He and his wife, Maxine, have raised four children who all attended San Francisco public schools. Yee has served in the State Legislature, Board of Supervisors and Board of Education.”

Monday, October 24th, 2011, is the Last Day to Register to Vote for the November 8 Election in San Francisco

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Get all the deets below.

(Now hey, I’m a little slow here, but tell me, how on Earth is it legal for San Francisco to pay election workers less than minimum wage on Election Day? I gots to know.)

The toughest job you’ll never love:

Click to expand:

“Monday, October 24 Is the Last Day to Register to Vote

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, October 18, 2011 – Monday is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming November 8 Consolidated Municipal Election. To facilitate registration up to the deadline, the Department of Elections will be accepting registration forms until 8 p.m. on Monday.

Ways to register to vote for this election:

· Download, complete, and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/
· Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, many City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

· Come to the Department of Elections on the ground floor of City Hall. After 5 p.m. on October 24, voters can register at the front entrance of City Hall, on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Monday, October 24 for new registrants to become eligible to vote in the November election.

Voters can learn more about registering to vote and other election information by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
www.sfelections.org”

This is Your Last Chance to Register for the June 8th Election – Deadline is 8:00 PM Tonight

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Word comes from John Arntz, Director of the San Francisco Department of Elections:

Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.”

So, maybe you’re not registered or maybe you’re registered not to your liking

Either way, act today.

Look how much fun the political process voting can be:

Anyway, choose or lose:

“SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2010 – Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.

Ways to register to vote for before today’s deadline:

1. Download, complete and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website.

2. Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, some City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Complete and mail the form today.

3. Come to the Department of Electionson the ground floor of City Hall. After 6 p.m., voters must enter City Hall through the front entrance on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked with today’s date, May 24, for applicants to become eligible to vote in the June election.

More information on voter registration is available by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org or calling (415) 554-4411.

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
www.sfelections.org