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Last minute ballot collection at KPFA for the Local Station Board election


KPFA Evening News, 12.08.2012

KPFA Evening News Anchor Cameron Jones: KPFA Local Station Board Election Supervisor Aharon Morris announced today that enough ballots have been received to make quorum and thus guarantee that all seats being vacated by outgoing members will be filled by new representatives from both the KPFA listener community and the KPFA staff. Morris also said that he will be at KPFA from 5:00 to 7:30 pm Sunday night to accept last minute ballots and make sure they get to the East Coast by Tuesday. KPFA's Ann Garrison spoke to KPFA Election Supervisor Aharon Morris.  

KPFA's fm transmitter at the top of Grizzly Peak in the Oakland Hills

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Aharon, can you explain why you'll be at KPFA tomorrow evening, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm to collect late ballots? 

Aharon Morris: Yes, absolutely. So this year at Pacifica we're doing things a little differently. In the past you've been able to drop off your ballot the night before the tally's due. However, all of these ballots need to be in New York by December 11th. So, there's a lot of people who received their ballots late, they didn't have them completed, and also, the forums here were conducted a little late. So, in the interest of fairness and giving everybody the chance to vote, I will be at the station collecting those ballots, so that I can collect them on the 9th and send them out overnight, so they can get into New York by the 11th.

KPFA: And, there will also be a ballot gathering outside the station up until 11, to gather ballots, for express mail, but that will not be an official KPFA ballot gathering, right? 

Aharon Morris: No, that will not be an official ballot gathering, while I do trust that they'll do things, you know, professionally. I'm not going to be there to oversee the process.  I believe that's been organized by a particular group, and thus it is not sponsored by me or the station. 

KPFA: However, since the Sit/Lie did not pass in Berkeley, anybody's entitled to gather on the street and do whatever they want, right? 

Aharon Morris: You're right, I don't have any jurisdiction on the streets of Berkeley, at all.  

KPFA: OK, Aharon Morris, thank you and thank you for all the work you've done to make this election a success.  

Aharon Morris: ​You're welcome. Thank you.

KPFA: For Pacifica, KPFA Radio, I'm Ann Garrison.


(Note: The official ballot gathering will be inside the station, from 5 to 7:30 pm at KPFA, 1979 Martin Luther King Way, Berkeley.  The campaign team for the United for Community Radio-Support KPFA slate of candidates organized the unofficial ballot gathering reported here, which will continue outside the station, also at 1979 Martin Luther King Way, between 7 and 11 pm.  After broadcast of the Saturday Evening News, I received news that the campaign team for the Save KPFA slate of candidates will also hold an unofficial ballot gathering at Au Coquelet, at 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley, several blocks away from KPFA.

Anyone who hasn't yet mailed their ballot can of course express mail it to the return address in New York at their own expense, but these gatherings are meant to avert that cost and make it as easy as possible for everyone to vote.) 


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