Re: Have you ever been a poll worker?

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 22:39:44 CDT

Hello Steve:

    You're on! Actually I had already been planning to do this for the
reasons you've articulated. Also, as a civil servant, I can take the day
off to work as a poll worker and charge it to my agency. If, during the
training, I hear anything of relevance, I'll try to share it with the rest
of you. As all our voting machines were just decertified a couple of weeks
ago in San Diego County it should be particularly interesting!

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Chessin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2004 7:28 PM
Subject: [voting-project] Have you ever been a poll worker?

> 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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