While polling stations were fairly empty Tuesday, a reflection of light voter turnout, Contra Costa elections officials had to troubleshoot some Election Day issues at polls throughout the county.
In Pleasant Hill, Precinct 113 listed the address for the polling station, the Pleasant Hill Education Center, as 3100 Oak Park Blvd. That address doesn't exist; the education center's correct address is 1 Santa Barbara Road, which is a mile away. The precinct changed its polling location for the first time in decades, moving it from an elementary school -- throwing off Pleasant Hill resident Mary Fouts' routine.
"How many people who want to vote today in precinct PLHL113 will simply give up and not vote because they cannot find the polling place?" she wrote in a complaint to Contra Costa elections chief Joe Canciamilla. "I expect better ... way, way better ... from the Contra Costa County Elections Division."
Canciamilla said the education center has three different listed addresses in the area, and that even his poll workers had difficulty finding the correct location in the early Tuesday pre-dawn hours.
"It's just a tad bit confusing," Canciamilla said, adding that workers put up extra signage once they realized the confusion.
He said whenever a polling station changes, regulars have difficulties adjusting, but the new location is expected to remain through the next Census.
"I don't know that we'll necessarily change it, but we'll work on an effective way to guide people to the site," he said, adding that they only received one voter complaint.
As polls opened Tuesday, Canciamilla's crews found that the wrong ballots went out to precincts in Danville, Concord and San Ramon. He said the mistake was caught before anyone voted on the wrong ones. "We've had some minor hiccups," he said.
Alameda County elections officials reported no glitches with their polling places.
Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.