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October 24, 2008


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Linda Cunningham

Working as a polling official is something that has become necessary in my life -- our recent election here in Canada was the second time I was a Central Poll Supervisor -- if for no other reason that to be grateful for the chance to participate in democracy.

I've observed a few U.S. elections when I lived in Virginia, and I find it fascinating how our two governments create themselves.

Our registration and voting processes are rather different than yours, as we don't have to pro-actively register, declare a party allegiance, or can vote anywhere we want on Election Day, and every polling place gets someone who has watched too much CNN and thinks the Canadian process is the same and has to accommodate what they want to do.

But it's mostly fun -- it was pretty smooth where I was, although there's always some sort of glitch where I get to cut through a Ghordian knot -- although the money can't compensate for the time and energy I put into it.

Have fun, and remember that democracy beats the crap out of the alternatives.... :-)


Oh thank you so much for volunteering to be a judge. It's a forgotten part of the election process and so important for having a fair and orderly election. As the voting process gets more and more complicated, we really need people with their wits about them, who are able to handle tasks with absolute consistency of detail. You're just the kind of person I would hope would turn up in my precinct to lend a hand.

As someone who has been an election judge for the past 10 years, I salute you. And hope that more of your readers will go "hmmm, maybe I should consider doing that."


I'm working as an election judge on November 4 too but I am assigned to a particular polling place. Since it's not the one where I should vote, I've already sent in my absentee ballot. I'm not looking forward to the length of the day but I know working the polls is a necessary job in our society. Being there from 5 a.m. (our polls open at 6 and close at 7 p.m.) until who knows when is very wearing. At the last election in August, we were there until almost 8 p.m. I heard on the radio the other day that we might have to be there 20 hours for this election. That's the real downside to the job.

Donna Druchunas

I hope you can get one perfect PDF soon and get that thing out to the printer. Sigh.


130 ballots?



Boxes with x's? Ohhhhhh Nooooo! Don't you feel like "Mr. Bill" these days?

We went to DC this weekend. Stayed at a Red Roof Inn on the way there, where we had "free" T-Mobile access. I spent over an hour on the phone with T-Mobile, two different support people including an engineer. No dice. They said 5 others in the complex were surfing. I could see the local access point but not get on the internet.

They extracted all my personal information to create me an account (never mind it was supposedly free with our "deluxe" room), no problem... but didn't get me any access to any services. Figures.

I was right, it seems. My laptop really stinks. And I'm sorry to say that yours sounds in even more despair than mine.

I'm pulling for you.



Thank you for agreeing to serve as an Election Judge! I worked as an Election Inspector in 2004, this year it's my husband's turn. Even with the long hours - in NY, the polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM so you have to be there by 5:30 AM and don't get out of the polling place until 10 PM - but even so, it isn't as bad as it sounds, and it feels good to help make sure everyone gets to vote. Bravo to you!

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