Polling place mishap bears lesson: Go early

Whoever is in charge of seeing that the right polling address gets on the cover of the voting booklet got it wrong, and then sent out postcards numerous times and still got it wrong.

I am a 76-year-old woman. I started out for what I thought would be less than a five-minute walk each way with plenty of time to return home in the daylight. Wrong! I was looking for 350 Ellis St., which was on the updated postcards. I walked up and down both sides of the block between Jones and Taylor streets, as indicated on the postcards, several times. No polling place was to be seen.

Finally, a homeless person directed me to Eddy Street, and by now it was totally dark. I found the senior center at 450 Eddy. This should not have happened to me or anyone else. I was quite frightened, but I learned a lesson. Go early!

Flora Durrant, San Francisco

Congratulations to Ed Lee

Congratulations to Mayor Ed Lee for his historic victory — the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco. Mayor Lee has pledged “to represent all our diverse communities” — bringing us closer to President Barack Obama’s vision for “One people, One America.”

A good beginning for a truly inclusive diversity in The City would be to include a voice for the European-American community on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

Wasteful election funding

If your Thursday cover story in the San Francisco Examiner is correct, then we should not provide $4.6 million in matching public financing for election candidates when voters aren’t going to show up and vote.

In fact, why should we give candidates any taxpayer funding? They should have to do the fundraising for their campaigns just like anybody else — on their own. Why would any San Franciscans want their money to go toward the campaign of a candidate whose views don’t match their own? I think that when the candidate must raise money and doesn’t get as much as others, that is also a form of voting. It tells them, “I just don’t think you can win.”

Edmund Lee, San Francisco

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