Monday, October 23, 2006

I'm Working The Polls On Nov. 7. You Can, Too!

Hey, fellow patriots! It's not too late to sign up to be a poll worker!

This is an action that you can take right now to be a part of the process. They're accepting people right up to the last day, I believe. You also get paid!

Here's the site for the Election Assistance Commission, with the info about how to sign up in your state.

I'm a clerk, and my inspector called me up the other day to make sure I was on board and getting training. We ended up talking for about a half hour - we realized that we're going to have to make an effort to actually do our jobs, and not just chatter to each other all day long! Of course, we're both really committed to doing the best job we can, so we will have to contain ourselves, but I'm glad to be doing this with a kindred spirit. And, the more progressives we have with our eyes on the process, the better.

One thing she said to me that I wanted to pass on to you all is that poll workers are needed! I hadn't thought about there being lots of room for volunteering. In fact, I never knew how exactly you got to work at a polling place.

So, here's a few things I know so far (I'll have more info tomorrow, after I take my training class):

You can sign up right up until voting day.

High school students are eligible to be poll workers (at least in California - check your state).

You get paid, both for working and for training - I'd do it for free if necessary, but I'm glad that it makes it possible for those of us for whom every day's pay matters to be able to be part of the process.

They offer training on the machines - a 90-minute class, but it is not mandatory. So, if your schedule would prevent you from getting to a training class (and there are a lot of them, all the way up to Sunday the 5th), don't let an inability to get training keep you from volunteering on Election Day.

I can't think of a more patriotic thing to do on this November 7th. And, as we know, this may well be the most important election of our lifetime. This may be our last chance to stop these thugs, or at least keep them from driving us over the cliff into the abyss. We need to be able to hold onto the 'freedoms' that have been left to us, and try to get back the ones they've stolen from us.

1 comment:

Frederick said...

I'm hoping to drive around to the various polling places and video tape any irregularities. Good luck with your work! We all need to keep watch.