Re: Why I am a Poll Worker

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 11:39:46 CDT

Hello:

I'm being a poll worker for the 3rd time June, 6. The
last time I was a 'machine inspector' but this time I
categroically refused to have anything to do with the
Diebold Touch Screens. The printers are still bolted
on junk that jam repeatedly. Besides, I don't want to
be sued for disenfranchising someone. Frankly, I
think the best approach is 'vote by mail'. All this
stuff about the 'civic virtue' of seeing you neighbors
vote is a bunch of eye wash.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy.

--- dr-jekyll@att.net wrote:

> Hi Arthur,
>
> I made a similar decision to become a poll worker in
> 1986. I started out as a ballot counter, counting
> paper ballots after the polls closed. Eventually, I
> became an Election Judge. The experience was well
> worth it.
>
> --
> Kurt
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>
> -------------- Original message from Arthur Keller
> <voting@kellers.org>: --------------
>
>
> > I wrote this blurb for Mainstreet Moms. I thought
> some of you would
> > be interested in it.
> >
> > Like many of you, I've been increasingly
> interested in doing what I
> > can to ensure the integrity of our elections, by
> promoting paper
> > trails or paper ballots and public disclosure of
> election systems and
> > processes. However, I realized that I didn't
> really understand how
> > elections worked unless I actually worked in them.
> So I called up my
> > local Registrar of Voters to volunteer on Election
> Day. After a 3.5
> > hour training class, I was ready to work in the
> polls. It was a
> > fascinating experience, and I learned a lot about
> the real issues of
> > how elections are run and what the problems are.
> In particular, I
> > learned firsthand how electronic voting machines
> worked and are used,
> > and I can now talk about my concerns about trade
> secret voting
> > machines in a more informed manner than before.
> The next election, I
> > was selected to be a precinct inspector, so I was
> actually in charge
> > of a polling place, and I was the one who made
> sure that all voters
> > had an easy time voting, and I hand delivered the
> election results to
> > the collection point while another poll worker
> trailed me to ensure
> > they arrived safely and intact. I certainly don't
> work the 6am to
> > 9pm-plus day for the pay, particularly since I
> donate my pay to the
> > Open Voting Consortium. Rather, I will serve again
> because the
> > security and integrity of our elections depends on
> the people who
> > care participating in its detailed processes, and
> that means
> > volunteering to staff my local poll on Election
> Day. I recently went
> > to poll worker training and some of the longtime
> poll workers there
> > were criticizing the new California requirement
> for paper trails
> > because of the "unnecessary" extra work for poll
> workers. Unless
> > those of us volunteer who favor strong security
> measures, the
> > counties are stuck with poll workers who favor
> expedience over
> > security. I hope you'll join me as a volunteer
> poll worker in your
> > area to help keep our democracy vibrant.
> >
> > Arthur Keller
> >
> > --
> >
>
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>
> > Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo
> Alto, CA 94303-4507
> > tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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