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File #: 19-1786    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 11/25/2019 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 1/7/2020 Final action: 1/7/2020
Title: Elections Department recommending the Board: 1) Adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 002-2020 allowing the Elections Department to partner with non-profit Community Service Organizations (CSO) to implement an "Adopt-A-Vote Center" program; and 2) Approve and authorize the Registrar of Voters to sign an agreement authorizing the County to contribute $2,200 for a 4-day vote center or $5,600 to an 11-day vote center to CSOs for the provision of a minimum of four (4) volunteers to staff County vote centers. FUNDING: General Fund.
Attachments: 1. A - Blue Route - 1-07-20, 2. B - Resolution - 1-07-20, 3. C - Agreement - 1-07-20, 4. Executed Resolution 002-2020
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Elections Department recommending the Board:
1) Adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 002-2020 allowing the Elections Department to partner with non-profit Community Service Organizations (CSO) to implement an "Adopt-A-Vote Center" program; and
2) Approve and authorize the Registrar of Voters to sign an agreement authorizing the County to contribute $2,200 for a 4-day vote center or $5,600 to an 11-day vote center to CSOs for the provision of a minimum of four (4) volunteers to staff County vote centers.

FUNDING: General Fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
The Registrar of Voters is responsible for effectively staffing vote centers and compensating people who work at them. As a method of properly staffing vote centers the Registrar has created a program called "Adopt-A-Vote Center" to allow County Community Service Organizations (CSO) to provide vote center staffing as a fundraiser for their organization. The CSO will provide a minimum number of volunteers, four (4), at each vote center at all times during the voting process, while the Elections Department will provide an Inspector during the same period. The Inspector will oversee the volunteer workers.

The Elections Department will fully train each volunteer to operate a vote center and the CSO will be responsible for ensuring specified levels of support at the vote center during the election process. The CSO is responsible for ensuring enough additional volunteers are trained by the Elections Department to fill in if a volunteer is unable to work. The CSO may also overstaff the vote center to provide additional help and a community atmosphere at their Vote Center if they choose. The CSO will be able to make the center reflective of their organization and the community they serve, provided no electioneering takes place.

After the successful completion of the election, the Elections Department will pay the CSO either $2,200 for a 4-day vote center or $5,600 for an 11-day vote center, which...

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