MunicipalI am an official United States election officer, and will be working at the upcoming presidential election this Tuesday. Ask Me Anything!
Nov 6th 2016 by Blucatt • 34 Questions • 347 Points
Hello all! I'm an election officer who worked at the primary elections, and am greatly anticipating working during this upcoming election for president of the United States.
You know those people who greet you when you walk into the polling place? Who gets your signature, calls out your name next to the voting machine, or directs you to where you need to go? I do all of that, and then some. Working at a polling place is a complex task and can be difficult, but at the end it's very rewarding!
Anyways, feel free to ask me any questions you may have! I'd love to see what kinds of questions you guys have.
Envelopes for my acceptance letter and my payment check from last time: http://imgur.com/CO1TC92
Acceptance letter from last time. Conveniently I was unable to find the one for this time: http://imgur.com/5NPBofC
The training manual/instruction booklets they give you during training courses: http://imgur.com/cd7o1Cb
edit: keep the questions coming, guys! I still have a lot to answer and i will get to them as soon as I can. I have to go to sleep now in order to wake up on time. I'll let you know when the cutoff point is!
edit 2: (Oct. 7, 2016, 7:08 PM GMT -4:00) well guys, it was nice answering your questions! I'm gonna answer the ones I have left and then that'll be it. I hope it was nice for you guys!
Are you asking if I'm legally allowed to vote or if I am still allowed to vote given my affiliation with the election process?
As an official tasked with upholding election integrity, does it bother you about accusations or even evidence of collusion? If so what are the plans to prevent unfairness in the future primaries?
Fraud is always a legitimate concern, so it doesn't bother me too much. Even so, people are taking major steps to make sure each election is fairer than the last. The department of elections is constantly updating rules and working in new laws, and they're doing a magnificent job of making each election run as smoothly as possible.
Being a part of a significant part of American history is really appealing to me. The pay is a nice plus, too.
Have you ever heard of or witnessed anything along the lines minor or major election fraud from the people you work with or others who do the same job as you?
Not at all, really. All the people I work with are kind, hard-working individuals, most are seniors who want to help out with the democratic process. I personally have never witnessed any misconduct amongst my coworkers.
One of the biggest issues I have with how elections are run is the plurality vote, or only being able to select 1 candidate. It's what allowed Gore to lose when Nader "stole" his votes. It's how Trump ended up the Republican nominee because his opposition split their vote between several similar candidates.
How would you feel about approval voting? Do you expect it would change your job at all?
I've heard of that concept before, but I didn't know it actually had a name to it. Thanks for that information!
To answer your question, though, I think that would do us well, but being realistic I doubt that will happen any time soon. People in our country are afraid of progress, of change. It'll take some convincing along with some really strong advocacy. I don't think it's impossible, though.
I always receive a mail-in ballot weeks in advance. Why do so many people wait in line on election day?
I'm not sure. I'd say it's easier, and it's seen as more efficient. Plus this is the way it's been done for a long time.
due to how heated this election is are you guy's guarded by police this time around?ohIhopeheansewersnooneevernoticesmyIamaquestions.
Never fear, I pledged that if I ever was interesting enough to do an AMA that I'd answer every question possible.
It certainly is a possibility. I sure hope so, because last time around the trump supporters got especially aggressive. I can only imagine how bad it'll be this time.
How do you think the result of the election will affect the world on an international scale?
Much more than I'd like to think about. I can't hep but wonder what my grandkids will think looking back at this election. It's so weird to think about.
How serious do you guys take the threats that were made by ISIS to "slaughter" anyone who votes? And what do you guys plan to do about it?
I haven't heard of these threats, actually. Do you have a link to an article?
That might actually be an issue. Under most circumstances I don't see them taking much action, but if the threat turns out to be formidable enough, then I would see them sending out a few police officers to help guard the place.
I found this in a US gov site
How Computerized Ballots are Handled
With the newer, fully computerized voting systems, including optical scan and direct recording electronic systems, the vote totals may be transmitted automatically to the central counting facility. In some cases, these devices record their votes on removable media, such as hard disks or cassettes, which are transported to the central counting facility for counting.
So I don't think there is any secrecy on how you get the ballots from the machine.
It's more complicated than that, though. There's a validation process involved that requires hep from all of the officers.
I've seen people saying they wish to request paper ballots instead of using the voting machines. Are the election officials required to provide paper ballots?
I specifically asked this question during my most recent training session. No, we are not required to. I think it would be a good thing if it were the case, though.
What's your thoughts on the early Newsweek magazines being photographed by store employees with Hillary on the cover as the next President?
Oh wow. That's really messed up, to be honest with you. That's undermining this country's democracy. It's not over till it's actually over; they have no right to make it look like she actually won.