Re: I "really" need your help with "public disclosure" legislat...

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Nov 28 2006 - 12:51:28 CST

Here in California, State Senator Debra Bowen carried legislation
that would treat working in the polls on election day by high school
seniors (with sufficient GPA and approval of the guidance counselor)
as a field trip by not penalizing the school in their daily
per-student funding. Unfortunately, the governor vetoed that
legislation. I think Secretary of State-elect Bowen's legislation
would have increased the pool of poll workers at much less cost, as
well as instilled a culture of voting and election service among the

Best regards,

At 10:15 AM -0800 11/28/06, Richard C. Johnson wrote:
>I would disassociate "age" and "quality" with respect to poll
>workers. I don't think they are related, except maybe positively.
>Rather, as Jim says, retired people are available for work on
>election day. I agree with his suggestion to hold elections on a
>holiday or weekend, when more people could participate. I think the
>strongest determinants of poor poll worker performance are (1) pay
>and (2) training. IMHO.
>-- Dick
> wrote:
>I think an element that is missing from most discussions is
>the poor quality of poll workers. I'm told their average age
>is 72. In any case, having election day on a work day makes
>it hard to get very good poll workers, and discriminates
>against workers, especially those with 2 jobs.
>Congress should either (1) move Veterans Day to election day,
>or (2) move it to Saturday. I think Saturday is better because
>it allows people to stay up late if necessary, and to get some rest
>the next day.
>Jim Soper

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