Precinct Report – 11.6.2018 General Election

06 Nov 2018 Leave a comment

As has become my custom, I’m blogging my voting experience.

Today was the first election in, what, 6 years perhaps?, that I’ve had to work on election day. So I didn’t arrive to the polls until about 1515 local time. In the middle of the afternoon, there were at least 10 people in the process of voting – more than I think I’ve EVER seen in this precinct – but that’s not necessarily a sign of high turnout. In the past, I’ve generally voted during very slow periods – and never can I recall voting at this time in the afternoon.

I want to refer to my precinct blog post from the June Primary. It has a LOT of detail about the structural problems and procedural problems I saw. Rather than detail them, I’m going to simply say what was different this time:

  • In June, voters were being directed towards the ballot marking device – and had to ask for a paper ballot. Today it was reversed – thankfully! You were given a paper ballot to hand mark, and only if you asked were you ALLOWED to use the ballot marking device. This is a good thing as the “ballots” printed by the marking device included a 2d bar code which is what the scanner actually uses – with no way to confirm that the bar code represented the same votes that were printed in English for “voter review”.
  • In June, there was only 1 carrel provided for hand marking paper ballots, with space for only 4 voters at a time. Today there were 4 carrels – and a few open tables that people were allowed (but not encouraged) to use.
  • In June, the ballots were physically HUGE – at least 11 x 17. And this was a problem because they were too big for the writing surfaces in the carrels! Today, the ballots were printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper. Yes, we had to juggle a 6 page – printed on both sides – ballot, but at least we could place the ballots entirely on the writing surface!

I didn’t take time to sit back and observe things more generally – I didn’t HAVE time to do that! So that concludes my report.

Except for this: Once again, I #BikedTheVote! See the picture below – it includes my new e-bike named “Wednesday” and has replaced the Breezer Uptown named “Saturday” that is pictured in my primary post (linked above):

BikeTheVote 11-6-2018

Finally, if you’re reading this before the polls close – get out there and vote!

Comments, as always, are welcome.

–Steve

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And … none of the SCOTUS justices questioned the Solicitor General’s word choice!

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The purpose of this blog is:

  1. To report on and document abuses and criminal activities of the right wing and theocratic zealots;
  2. To express our own opposition to these acts;
  3. To promote activism;
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