Several weeks ago I started exploring the possibility of helping out with the election as a poll worker. I wasn’t particularly interested in working on election day at a polling site, but 80% of my state votes by mail so I knew there would be work to do related to transporting and processing the ballots.
I have been locked down pretty tight for 7 months and unfortunately covid cases are on the rise again, but I’m pretty confident the risk will be kept as low as possible. I just figure this election is very important, and I want the ballots to be counted quickly and accurately. So I’m willing to let my guard down a bit for a few weeks.
I went through an online application process, a brief phone interview, and a background check.
I found out yesterday that I will be starting work on Monday at the Ballot Tabulation Center. Signature verification has been ongoing since ballots were mailed last week, but we can’t actually start counting ballots until 2 weeks before election day. So Monday is training day and we go to work on Tuesday. I’ll be working with bipartisan teams to determine “the intent of the voter” in cases where the ballot can’t be ready by the machine. As an aside, it’s sort of mind-blowing that they allow this work to be done by OFP (ordinary fucking people) with a few hours of training.
If nothing else, I’m hopeful that keeping super-busy will free my mind from election-related anxiety for the next couple of weeks.
So is anybody else working as a poll worker? If not, maybe this will just be my temporary blog. :-)
Apologies to anybody who thought this thread would be about me trying to make it in the adult entertainment industry.