Photos: Coastsider visits San Mateo County’s Temple of Democracy

By on Wed, November 25, 2009

Barry Parr

I dropped by the County Elections office (in a concrete warehouse off Highway 92) this morning at 8:30 to as a media observer of the pulling of materials for Monday’s recount of the Granada Sanitary District election. The only other observer there was Jim Larimer, representing Lisa McCaffrey, who called for the recount. All election materials are stored in a locked warehouse for six months, then they are destroyed. 


Barry Parr

County Elections Manager David Tom patiently answered our basic questions about the election and recount processes. Each orange box contains the results from one precinct. Tom shows the contents of one box, including the paper tape from the electronic voting machine.



Barry Parr

All the materials for the GSD election are loaded on a cart, and pushed over to the room where the votes will be counted.


Barry Parr

The cart is locked in a separate room by itself until Monday’s recount. All votes will be counted manually, observed by representatives of the candidates.


Thanks for the photos of the Temple of Democracy.

Jim Larimer turns up in the most astonishing places!  Did you happen to get a picture of him paying cash for the recount?

Comment 2
Wed, November 25, 2009 1:06pm
Brian Ginna
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The only thing funnier than Ms. Brennan’s amazingly clueless behavior regarding funding for a recount (and from an appointed official, mind you) is Mr. Parr calling himself a “media observer” for the recount.  Notwithstanding the press pass.

As it was just Friday that Mr. Boyd felt compelled to exclaim the results were official.  Was the semi-celebration a little too early?

Comment 3
Wed, November 25, 2009 1:54pm
Barry Parr
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I represent no one other than myself. I came by only to take pictures and to understand the process, which turns out to be pretty interesting and surprisingly complicated.

Comment 4
Wed, November 25, 2009 2:10pm
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Mr Ginna appears to be confused about how recounts work. One cannot even request a recount until the result is official, per the certified statement of the result, which in this case can be found here:

As for payment, I find myself confused by Mr Ginna’s comment.

Before the recount starts and by 8:30 a.m. on each day of the recount, the requestor of the recount shall pay to the Registrar of Voters a sum sufficient for that day’s recount as determined by the election official. If the advance deposits are not paid, the Registrar of Voters will terminate the recount. (CA Elections Code Sec.15624).

What’s the clueless part? They don’t accept cash, perhaps?

Comment 5
Wed, November 25, 2009 4:41pm
Scott Boyd
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Electronic communications have long suffered from misinterpretation based on a given reader’s point of view.  I don’t know if the use of a period rather than an exclamation mark warrants claims of exclamation, but I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder.  Whatever.  In the context of a tight race, and as a fan of the process, it was worth noting that County Elections had certified the election.