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Checking the Box: Bay Area Voters Cast Ballots During Final Stretch of Early Voting Period

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    Checking the Box: Bay Area Voters Cast Ballots During Final Stretch of Early Voting Period

    Bay Area voters are taking advantage of the weekend to punch their ballots during the final stretch of the early voting period. Rick Boone reports. (Published Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016)

    Bay Area voters are taking advantage of the weekend to punch their ballots during the final stretch of the early voting period.

    While Donald Trump advocates rallied on Bay Area streets and Hillary Clinton volunteers phoned voters around the region in a last-ditch effort to nail down support, decided citizens lined up at the Santa Clara County Registrars Office Saturday to check off their choices on the ballot.

    Some voters in the South Bay had to wait in lines for nearly one hour, but that didn't come as a surprise to county election office workers.

    "We have over 875,000 registered voters," Philip Chantri from Santa Clara County said. "It's the highest number of registered voters ever."

    County officials assure early voters that their ballots will not be forgotten come Tuesday.

    Thanks to a 24-hour operation, ballots are examined by several teams before being tallied and housed in the county's databases. The technology-driven voting system also has reserve generator power and another back-up system if catastrophe strikes.

    Those interested in casting an early ballot are invited to return to the polls beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

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