Update: At the Nov. 22nd meeting, Roald reported that he hadn’t received a check yet for the club’s participation. Lions Judy and Lucie suggested that next time we also consider participating as mid-day couriers.
The club sent three teams of couriers to assist with bringing ballots back to the Registrar of Voters, earning money for the club. With two people per team, ballots were collected from two precincts in Los Gatos, and four in Cupertino. The teams consisted of Art Low & Lucie Mueller, Jan McClure & Judy Blandford, and Roald Alexander & Bert Caro.
Judy and Jan reported that volunteers from the James Lick High School Leo’s Club unloaded their car, jumping and cheering when they learned they were unloading for a team of Lions Club members. [Or, was it specifically because they were West San Jose-Campbell Lions Club members?]
Separate bags containing ballots, dropped-off mail in ballots, printers, supplies, etc. are collected and driven back to the Registrar’s office on Berger Dr. in San Jose, with money paid to the club. The registrar pays a stipend of $65 for each courier, plus an additional $10 for each courier who attends a training prior to the election. Each team must have at least one person attend the training.
All three teams reported a relatively quick collection & drop off, getting home by around 10:30pm election night — but it isn’t always so easy. In the June primary, the team of Roald & Bert collected from two disorganized precincts in Stanford (adjacent to the University), then had to drive back to the Berger Dr. office of the Registrar, getting back to Roald’s house around 12:30am, with Bert finally getting home closer to 1am.