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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election Judge

I posted early yesterday with not much to say because I worked as an election judge and I knew when I finished, that I would be too tired to say anything. I did say what I thought was the most important thing for yesterday by telling people to go out and vote. Polls were open from 6 AM to 7 PM so I had to be there from 5:15 AM until we finished. We did get one break but it was still a very long day. We finished packing up and cleaning the voting area just before 8 PM and then two of us took the results to the township hall for tabulation. I got home at 8:30 PM. We processed 313 voters (which was about 55% of the eligible voters in that precinct) and referred about another 10 to their proper polling place. From what I have heard, it seems that our amazingly trouble-free shift was the exception rather than the rule. We had no equipment breakdowns and the only problem was when we seemes to lose a couple of the special pens used for marking the paper ballots. We were giving them the pens without caps so that people would be less inclined to walk off with them, but it seemed, at the time that a couple of people did. We made a trouble call and received two new pens and shortly thereafter the two missing pens reappeared. While the results were, for the most part, as I had hoped, in reality I don't expect any major changes in the direction we are going any time soon.


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