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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:11 PM
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Just curious, does any one else here work at the polls on election day.
I am a precinct judge, which means I run the show.

It is a hard job but someone as to do it, I am now getting all my clerks lined up.

I also work early voting, which is two weeks, every day working the election.

Sometime I think I am crazy for doing this, but it can be fun.

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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:14 PM
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1. I am, for the first time this year.
I'm nervous!
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:21 PM
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5. Don't be.
You will have a good time and learn a lot.

I have been working elections since I was 2 year old, my parents were judges for years.

Thank you for working, I wish more people would. It can be hard to get enough workers.

We really need more Democrat judges working at the polls.
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democrat in Tallahassee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:18 PM
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2. Yes, I fended off the f&*(&^ republicans trying to disenfranchise
voters in the last election. Bastards, we had to call the election supervisor to the polling place. They stop at nothing.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:26 PM
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8. I haven't had that problem yet but I might this year.
This year is the governor's election, the republicans don't like the idea of Chris Bell getting in.

I have a good crew, which makes it easy to keep my eyes on everything.

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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:18 PM
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3. I've "sat a table" for some elections. Enjoy it a lot.
Short shifts though. I tend to ramble when I get tired and when I start saying stuff like "Thank you for participating in our basic responsibilty as citizens of a democracy!" I know it's time for a break. :7
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:19 PM
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4. Is it all voluntary or does the state pay for these positions
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:23 PM
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7. We get paid here in Harris County in Texas, don't know about
other locations.

I will make a nice paycheck with all the little extras thrown in.
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:21 PM
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6. I've worked the polls for about 6 years
can't work them this year as I have moved and changed jobs.... hence not enough vacation.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:28 PM
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9. I have in the past, but I have school this year so I won't be. nt
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:36 PM
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11. Thanks for working in the past.
Working the polls is an important job.

I don't think most people know all the hard work that goes on before the election and after the election.

I will be taking time off of work and will be working early voting, now that's hard. We work everyday for 2 weeks, even weekends.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:33 PM
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10. How did you get involved? I've sent a number of e-mails to
Beverly Kaufman's office to offer my services and no one ever got back to me.
I don't live in Harris, but right on the border, south of Bltwy 8.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:40 PM
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13. To work an election for Harris County you have to live in Harris County.
I would check with the county you live in, they will need workers big time.

With time you could become a judge, we really need more democratic precinct judges.

If anyone can speak Spanish you can really get a job.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:37 PM
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12. Poll watcher two years ago
I'll probably do it again this November. I was working with TruevoteMD.
The Repubs had poll watchers there but the Dems had no one.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:42 PM
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14. I have never had a poll watcher but I think I will have one this year.
She or he will get bored, I run the election by the book.

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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:54 PM
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19. I wasn't too concerned about the people, it was the machines
I wanted to know if/when there were problems with the machines. Everything looked OK, but with no paper trail who knows
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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:59 PM
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15. Every election for almost 20 years.
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LA lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:02 PM
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16. Certified election Commissioner
So is my Mom. I must say , we have never seen any problems.
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WoodrowFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:48 PM
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17. yes
was Precinct Chief for a few elections while the regular one was ill. Now I'm a regular worker bee again. I enjoy it. A long damn day but worthwhile.


BTW, the chief in Virginia represents the Governor's party, the deputy represents the "other" party.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:52 PM
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18. poll watcher here.
It's interesting.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:54 PM
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20. I've worked the last three elections ~ You Must Do It!

We really need to have more Democrats wsorking to keep them on their toes.

How do you get to be a judge?
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:36 PM
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22. You get to be a judge my running for the job, in my case no one wanted the
job so I was appointed my the county. If someone else had wanted the job our names would have been on the ballot at the election.


Here in Harris County it isn't that hard to be a precinct judge, many precincts do not have a judge at all.

It is best to work an election first, but it isn't necessary.

In Harris County we have a judge from both parties, but sometimes there is only one judge because there isn't someone interested in it. Being a precinct judge is entry level job but very important. I will be very busy with this election, the governor's race will be a hot one.
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:02 PM
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21. What is an Election Inspector?
On my new registration card it asked if I was interested in working as the above. It said it paid $160 per election. How many days does this entail?

I have two personal days off from work if it isn't any longer than that.
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