From: Planning the end of the world, well out to 2023!
i'm a poll-worker in Western PA, voter turn-out was v. heavy! now i'm at home relaxin' w/ my next AE orders-phase & +3 w/ the box-wine, knowing that election-season is officially over until it starts up again in 3 or 4 months.
the end-of-day 'results' printout from our 5 touch-screen vote-machines were 'within the margin of error' of being 'bout 50/50 for each candidate in all seven elections on our ballot, we had no 'issue' initiatives (marriage/marijuana) up for vote here.
but what is cool about poll-workering (as a group, the six of us aren't at all politically identical) is the way we treat voters. we let parents bring their kids (any age from new-born to 17-year-olds) up to the ballot-machine, they vote together. if i can't find you in our registered-voter list? my co-worker beside me is already on her smart-phone, based on your street-address she'll say, "you're at the wrong polling-place, you need to go to this location instead." name-change problem? our chief (Judge of Election, she who must be obeyed) has the procedures & forms ready, but it'll take a bit of time to fill out a 'provisional ballot' if needed as a last resort. elderly/infirm/unfamiliar w/ the electronic machines? we'll do our best to guide you, but we can't physically touch your vote-machines's options (unless you need the assistance, & we fill out a form for that).
'cos as a group, we groove on helping people vote. the bestest is when you lead a 1st-timer up to the machine - might be a just-turned-18 person, or a new citizen of the immigrant variety.
yesterday, i was part of a group of 6 poll-workers, we processed 632 voters, 12 provisional ballots & tabulated the absentee ballots of 32 more. i'm a part of the 'arsenal of democracy' & proud of it!
It makes our system of 2 pieces of paper and a pencil sound so simple!
Maybe you need to move back into the 19th Century with us.
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