I just loaded up Mturk and all of the HITs on the front page are from CA. I guess the A9 SUVs are over on the west coast right now.
I noticed that overnight I had a huge amount of HITs accepted. My earnings are up to $21 so far. My rejection rates are way down to a measly 6.5%!
The Mechanical Turk Monitor reports that HITs will be auto-accepted after 30 days no matter what. One of my biggest fears has been resolved.