New Santa Clara County Elections Chief Looks To Avoid Previous Mistakes

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – As voters head to the polls in Santa Clara County on Tuesday, the new elections chief is hoping to avoid some of the mistakes of previous years.

Barry Garner said he is feeling confident and prepared for his first election in Santa Clara County.

“We have done six months of intensive training and I think we are ready for today,” he said.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

A former elections director in Atlanta, Georgia, Garner said he has fine-tuned voting operations with a goal of avoiding misprinted ballots and other election day gaffes of the past.

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Some of the changes include creating a new election manual and training all employees on how to run a polling place.

“To have the basic skills. If not, we have a manual,” said Garner. “We also can tell them to calm down and turn to whatever page in the manual, read it and it will get you through the process of what you should do.”

The biggest election issue is San Jose is Measure B, the controversial pension reform measure that is being watched by business and labor groups across the country.

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