RE: Have you ever been a poll worker?

From: <gaylemertz_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 21:58:12 CDT

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On Sun, 16 May 2004 19:28:45 -0700 (PDT), steve.chessin@sun.com (Steve Chessin) wrote:

> 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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