Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 1

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections


June 2007


Welcome to our first issue of Marin Votes, a newsletter for and about poll workers. We hope to publish it at least once each year and invite your feedback and suggestions for articles for future issues — please contact: Colleen Ksanda by email or phone 415-473-6439.


There will be four big elections in 2007 and 08. Please mark your calendars and plan to work in one, two, three or all four of these elections!

  • Municipal, School and District Election on November 6, 2007
  • Presidential Primary Election on February 5, 2008. This election is for President and Vice Presidential nominees and there may be state and local measures on the ballot
  • Direct Primary Election on June 3, 2008 – this primary election is for all other partisan and non partisan offices such as State Senate and Assembly and Board of Supervisors
  • Presidential Election on November 4, 2008


First of all, a big thank you goes out to all the poll workers and election volunteers!

I will be trying something new this summer by mailing out one recruit letter for two upcoming elections. So, please look for that letter in early August for the November 6, 2007 Consolidated Election and the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election. At that time you may respond by signing up for one or both elections.

2008 should be an exciting election year with two primaries and one general election, but there may be recruiting challenges because of the number of elections that poll workers are being asked to volunteer for.

I am counting on all of you to reserve the election dates if you can, and to help spread the word early to your friends and neighbors that we will need poll workers. People interested in working at the polls can respond by mail, call or email me.


The Registrar of Voters is looking for ADA compliant facilities to use as polling places. These are typically newer buildings without any architectural barriers that prohibit entry by persons with disabilities.

If you know of any public buildings that might be accessible to people with disabilities that could be used as a polling place, please contact our office.


The average age of our Chief Inspectors, who worked in last November’s election, was 77. The youngest was 39 and the oldest was 88. We had 11 Chief’s in their 80’s! Over the last ten years, the Chief who has worked the most elections is Joan Haley, from Point Reyes, who has worked 32 elections!


We are planning to prepare a tri-fold Notice Board printed with all of the notices that you are required to post inside the polling place on Election Day. Notices such as the Voter’s Bill of Rights, No Smoking, No Cell Phones, Time Polls Open and Close will now be in one place. Just stand the poster up inside the polling place where voters standing in line can read it.


We think of all of you as our valuable volunteers, however, the one who’s commitment and participation is especially deserving of recognition for her tireless involvement with the Elections Department over the last year is Chief Inspector, Janis Tavenner, who has worked at least 14 Elections.

In 2005, Janis began working part time in the Elections Department. Last year, in addition to her outstanding efforts helping out with operations and logistics, Janis helped develop and was one of the stars in our new poll worker training video. Janis also facilitated all of our Clerks training classes before the November 2006 Election.

Last November Janis recruited her mother, her roommate and two of her neighbors to work with her at the polls. Thank you Janis!


The following Roving Inspectors have decided to retire: Charlotte Mastrangelo and Georgia Anker. Charlotte has worked as a Rover since 2001, and Georgia began working as a Rover in 2004. Chief Inspector, Robert Stauder, will be taking over Charlotte’s Mill Valley route, and Chief Inspector, Fred Codoni, will be taking over Geogia’s Fairfax/San Anselmo route.

If you have served as a Chief Inspector and would like to trouble shoot on Election Day by taking on a Rover route, let us know your interest and when a position becomes available in your area we will let you know.


You can look up election information or download forms on our newly designed website at http//


Would you be interested in earning extra money at election time by helping out in the Election Department? Beginning this September we will be accepting applications for several temporary, part time positions in these areas:

  • Light clerical duties
  • Packing precinct supplies
  • Distributing equipment at poll worker training classes
  • Balancing the rosters after the election

For an application, please contact Colleen Ksanda by email or phone 415-473-6439.


The Registrar of Voters’ Elections Advisory Committee meets monthly in the Hall of Justice Building of the Marin Civic Center. These meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact our office for meeting location, time and dates.

The Election Advisory Committee’s Annual Community Meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2007 in the Board of Supervisors chambers. Lowell Finley, Deputy Secretary of State for Voting Systems Technology and Policy will be the speaker.

This newsletter is published for Marin County Poll Workers by:
The Marin County Registrar of Voters
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Mailing Address: PO Box E
San Rafael, CA 94913