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You wanna vote? You gotta go through me.

For real. Mwahahahahahaha

Okay, so the sinister laugh was just for effect. But I am actually going to be an election judge at a polling place in my district this year. It's not really what it sounds like, though. I'll be doing one of 3 things: checking people in, collecting voter activation cards when people vote or handling provisional ballots. Being my first year at this, it's unlikely I'll be doing provisional ballots. And since collecting the VACs sounds incredibly mind-numbing, I hope I'll be checking people in.

With the electronic voting system we've been using since 2006 (that I hate, BTW), the biggest slowdown in voting last time was the check-in process. Apparently the concept of a stylus and touch screen was just too foreign to the election judges in charge of it. Give me that job please. I'll keep those lines moving! Of course, there's still the problem of too many people showing up to vote who are either unregistered or are in the wrong place. That kind of slows things down too. But there's not much we can do about the idiot factor.

Anyway, I had my training class last night and it was way more interesting than I expected it to be (and I now have a thick manual to study before Nov. 4th). Also there was a nice comradery among all us election judges. I think that's the benefit of having citizen volunteers doing these jobs — good attitudes all around. We're all prepared to spend 15 hours or so doing the grunt work on election day because we want to contribute to the democratic process.


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Oct. 24th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
Even though I'm not in your district -- thank you!

That's awesome, and I hope you have a good time and a thoroughly uncomplicated day doing it. I know that's not likely to happen, but the wishes are there. :)

I can see the story on CNN now -- 'And in a surprise move, Roxy Bisquaint has won the write in ballot for president from the state of Maryland... she will receive it's electoral votes...'

And thus will begin the first of many crafty maneuvers to grant you world domination. And all the ice cream cake you could ever want.

Edited at 2008-10-24 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Well, you're quite welcome. I'm looking forward to election day. It feels good to do be doing a civic service.

On the other hand...

Ice cream cake? No one ever told me there's be ice cream cake. Oh I'm more motivated now than ever before to take over the world.

Oct. 24th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
You should totally print up "Watch Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles" stickers and hand them out with the "I voted" stickers.
Oct. 24th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I think that *might* be a violation of my oath, but it would be totally awesome :D
Oct. 25th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Bah, last time I voted I got a bunch of crotchety old people running the place.

Which makes sense, cause there's a lot of crotchety old people around here. But still, glad to hear you're assisting in the democratic process. Do you expect things to get crowded?
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
We always have old folks running things in our polling place too (cheerful, though, not crotchety). I was kind of expecting a lot of older people in the training class too, but it was a mixture of ages and the oldest person there looked to be maybe 50.

Our instructor said some polling places have as few as 4 voting machines and others have as many as 20. I'll be working at a small firehouse, so I'm thinking it's probably at the low end of that and even if it does get crowded it'll be small-scale crowded.
Oct. 25th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
But there's not much we can do about the idiot factor.

Random nugget of history-major geekiness: "Idiot," in the Latin language, means one who does not vote. So technically you don't have to worry about idiots.
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Ha. Good to know. So I'll scratch idiots off the list and only worry about morons, dolts and imbeciles.
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