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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 08:03 AM
Response to Reply #179
203. I think the entire sentence/statement could have been better constructed
I agree with you that she already was the designated observer when they failed to contact her and was "referring to a process in which it is standard to contact the (already) designated observer before a canvass."

If that is her intended meaning, she could have divided this into 2 sentences; eg "Before this telephone call, I had not been contacted, and I saw no public notice of the abnormal canvass time." "As the designated Democratic observer, common protocol suggests I should have been given proper notice"

I was just saying that to bracket "As the designated Democratic observer" with commas may have served as a quick fix to the already constructed sentence.

In this case, a pair of commas would be used to bracket a clarification, rather than a "non-essential" part of the statement, because this IS essential to the statement.

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