Have you ever been a poll worker?

From: Steve Chessin <steve_dot_chessin_at_sun_dot_com>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 21:28:45 CDT

I've been struck by the comments that some people have made along the
lines of "the poll workers can do this" or "the poll workers can do
that", and some of them seem to be made in total ignorance of what a
poll worker's job is actually like.

So I have a modest suggestion to make to the frequent contributors to
this list (based on the past four digests, that would include David
Mertz, Arthur Keller, Ed Kennedy, and Alan Dechert), as well as anyone
else involved in the design of the EVM, that if you've haven't been a
poll worker recently:

- Plan on taking Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004, off from work. Schedule
  it now as a vacation day.
- Contact your county election official's office, and sign up as a poll
  worker for the November election. Take the training, and do it, the
  whole day.
- If for some reason they reject you or can't use you, take the whole
  day off anyway. Show up at your polling place as an all-day
  observer. Be there when the poll workers have to arrive, watch them
  set up, watch them process voters the whole day, and watch them close
  the polls. (You're allowed to take a lunch break and other breaks,
  but don't take them during the busy lunch hour and after 5pm
  voting periods.)

If Avi Rubin can do it, so can you. Your design will be better for it.

Disclaimer: I have never been a poll worker. However, as a member of
my County Registrar of Voter's DRE Citizens Oversight Committee, I have
taken the poll worker training class, and observed my precinct being
opened and closed in two DRE elections (November 2003 and March 2004).
I also cast an audio ballot during the November 2003 local elections.
I plan on being a poll worker in November 2004.

--Steve
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