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I was an Election Judge in Illinois yesterday.
It was an education for me. I learned a lot about Democracy. If you can, you should sign up to be an Election Judge too!
There are a shortage of Election Judges.
The pay isn't great.
The hours are long.
But the voters are grateful!
And your presence eases the voting process.

Link to Election Judge duties: here

It really is worth while.

Some things I learned about Democracy:

Most of the Election Judges are really old.
They like the job because they can sit in one spot all someone who can move is needed.
The Judges don't see too well or hear too they need someone who can.
They are not very well coordinated or mechanically if you an put the voting booths together or handle the "Touch Screen" voting machine, the hand-held PDA that looks up the voter and precinct for "lost" voters, you are needed!

Plus an Election Judge gets to answer great questions!

  1. I've never voted before, how do I use this paper ballot? (Keep in mind, this person was at least 50 and spoke perfect English with no accent.)
  1. I want to vote but I don't want to declare a party so can I have both ballots? (Democratic and Republican)
  1. I marked a check instead of filling in the circle, do I have to get another ballot?
  1. The candidate I wanted to vote against is not on my ballot, why?
  1. If I declare a party, will I have to vote that way from now on?
  1. How come the Non-Partisan ballot doesn't have any Candidates?
  1. What if I don't know the people who are on my ballot, do I have to vote for them?
  1. Why do we have to vote for a candidate and for delegates?
  1. How come it says "Vote for Two" and there is only one name?
  1. I want to vote for "Hillary" and she is not on my ballot(Republican).
  1. I just moved here last week, why can't I vote here? (You can but it has to be a Provisonal Ballot)


  1. I just moved here and my voter card says my old address and voting place.
  1. I sent in an address change last week but I am not on the voter list here.
  1. I always vote Republican because they keep your taxes down. How come there is nothing about taxes on my ballot? (No tax referendum this time!)
  1. You mean the Big Election is in November? can answer these questions too! You are already qualified to be an Election Judge. Plus, you can read (and alphabetize, I hope!) and you are able to help people and keep a smile on you face! And, an added plus: you can number sequentially!

So think about being an Election Judge for the Fall! The Democracy really needs you!

Originally posted to Temmoku on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 11:40 AM PST.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Tips for a long day! (11+ / 0-)

    My feet are really tired!
    And so's my back, my knees, and everything else!

    All I want is....Impeachment followed by Imprisonment!

    by Temmoku on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 11:41:30 AM PST

  •  Good for you! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Temmoku, rockwilder

    I see Mark Pera lost in IL-03. I was watching the race closely as it's the district I lived in for most of my childhood and adolescence.

  •  My favorite question... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Temmoku, Hens Teeth

    In the 2004 election, I'm filling out my ballot and I can hear a poll worker helping a woman figure out her ballot in the next booth.  And breaking the calm, her voice booms out, "Where's Nixon?"

    It was at that moment I knew we were doomed again.

    Read my lips: we do not torture.

    by captnjaq on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 11:51:05 AM PST

  •  But seriously folks... (4+ / 0-)

    It won't set your pulse pounding or fill your pockets with money, but it's a job that really does need doing, so please consider signing up to be a judge in your county.  I expect that the polling places will be completely packed in Nov. and they'll need all the bodies they can get.  You'll feel immensely virtuous, AND you may even end up with thrilling tales of Induhviduals like those Temmoku relates above, which you can regale people with in bars for years to come.  

    Or you could volunteer to furnish rides for voters who need them, or be a runner to deliver supplies and such between precincts. Don't leave it all to the old ladies!  

    "I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly."--George Farquhar

    by slapshoe on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 11:53:07 AM PST

    •  In DuPage, the Dem vote was the highest ever (0+ / 0-)

      and the Dems out-voted the Repugs! This primary had the largest turnout in History and November will be even higher! We seriously will need Judges everywhere to get the voters in and out quickly! If this election is a signal to anything, the Repugs are going to be in trouble! They really don't care for McCain.

      My Precinct had Romney 47, McCain 113, Paul 8, Guilliani - 3, Huckabee 10, Keyes 1, Thompson - 1.

      Obama - 149, Clinton 144, Edwards 2, Biden - 1.

      Biggert got 132 and Harper got 222.

      Durbin received 251 votes.

      The Republicans may be in for a shock in DuPage!

      All I want is....Impeachment followed by Imprisonment!

      by Temmoku on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 01:30:29 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  posted a link to your diary on dKosopedia (2+ / 0-)
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    opendna, Temmoku

    Here's the dKosopedia page:

    or, in short form:

    Serving as an election official

    I would be curious to hear, in your words, what an election judge actually does.

    •  Depends on the judge. Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

      Most sit. I ran around all day. I didn't eat, drink or pee...but I didn't lose any weight!

      After I rest a little more, I'll write you up something.

      All I want is....Impeachment followed by Imprisonment!

      by Temmoku on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 09:29:53 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Michigan... (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm county clerk for Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area) in Michigan.

    In Michigan, the people who work at the polls are called election inspectors.  Though the pay isn't great, it has increased in recent years, to something like $8/hour in many places.

    To be an election inspector, you must be willing to state a party preference, because each precinct (and many specific functions) require a balance of D's and R's.  In theory, it would be just as good to prefer Green or Libertarian, but not every jurisdiction is willing to hire election inspectors whose preference is a non-major party.

    In general, Republican cities and townships are usually desperate to get Democrats to work the polls, and Democratic cities and townships are desperate to get Republicans.  Most inspectors work in their own city or township, but you're allowed to work in any city or township in your county.  You're in much more demand in some jurisdiction where your party is in the minority.

    Because we have an extremely decentralized election system in Michigan, the inspectors are hired and paid by local (city, township) clerks, but usually trained and certified by the county clerk's office.

    Every precinct has a Chair and at least two other inspectors.  In theory, the Chair is someone with a lot of knowledge and experience; there is also more intensive training for Chairs.  The Chair is in charge of the precinct and organizing the other inspectors, keeping order in the polling place, etc.

    The other inspectors help direct voters to fill out applications to vote, look them up in the voter list, write or sticker them into the poll book, provide the correct ballot, direct voters to booths to fill out the ballot, and direct voters to insert their ballots into the tabulator.

    The day begins about 6:30 am, before the polls open at 7am.  Polls close at 8pm, but it generally takes an hour (or more) afterwards.  Sometimes inspectors bring food with them, or get lunch and dinner breaks; some clerks provide food.  Your mileage will definitely vary.

    Michigan has four set election dates, in February, May, August, and November.  February (canceled this year because of the presidential primary) is usually special elections and tax votes.  May is when most school board elections take place.  August and November are the primary and general elections (city elections in odd years, state and county and federal in even years).

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