RE: Have you ever been a poll worker?

From: <gaylemertz_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 22:10:44 CDT

One more comment on message just sent. Poll watchers in Colorado, while supposedly there to insure fee and fair elections, all represent a political party or a specific position on an issue. I am not sure that they always practice `civic virtue' if they believe that an irregularity might favor the orgization that they are representing.
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On Sun, 16 May 2004 22:07:08 -0500, gaylemertz@gnosis.cx wrote:

> I have been a poll watcher many times in Colorado -over several decades. When not a poll watcher I have served as an election judge. Poll watchers in Colorado are selected by political parties or organizations which support or oppose an issue or authorization being voted on. In Colorado poll watchers may not intervene if they beleve procedures or rules have not been followed, but are instructed to call elections staff to come to the polling place to review the situation. Poll watchers, in Colorado, are allowed to review all recoreds and materials open to election judges. In addition to watching for potential irregularities poll watchers devote most of their energy to getting out the vote. They keep a running record of who - in their camp - has arrived at the polls - and then relayed names of people who have not yet voted to a colleague who then telephones no-shows to urge them to get to the polls.
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> On Sun, 16 May 2004 21:58:12 -0500, gaylemertz@gnosis.cx wrote:
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> > I have been a poll watcher in Colorado...many times. In Colorad`o1222222222222222pol
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> > On Sun, 16 May 2004 19:28:45 -0700 (PDT), steve.chessin@sun.com (Steve Chessin) wrote:
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> > > 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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