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Be A KC Poll Worker! Call 296-VOTE Today!

If you care about our democracy, I encourage you and everyone you know to sign up as a poll worker. If you are in King County, call 206-296-VOTE. Do it today.

Two big reasons to sign up.

#1 - King County is rolling out the new Diebold AccuVote TSx touchscreen voting machines this year. This requires an additional poll worker. So we need more people to step up.

#2 - Our elections have become super charged partisan affairs. With more training poll workers on hand, any and all monkey business is harder to pull off.

(Maybe others can provide phone numbers for the other county's elections departments. That'd be great, thanks.)

I just checked the King County Department of Elections Services website. Unfortunately, they haven't started calling for poll workers, like in years past. I'll be contacting them shortly to see what can done about that.

Our county as well as all the political parties have a responsibility to step up, sign up poll workers, and make sure that our communities remain involved in our elections.

I've been asking local bloggers, such Goldy at Horse's Ass, to also put out the call for citizens to become poll workers. Please encourage your favorite blogger to help spread the word. Thanks.

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I was a poll worker for the first time last year. It was great fun. The locals brought us cookies. Our inspector had kiddie ballots and crayons.

Watching civic activities gets me all mushy and patriotic. Helping people vote as a poll worker is one of the best things I've done these last few years.

I'm fortunate that I have a sympathetic boss who allows me to take time off of work. It's a very long day. And by the end, you'll be definitely ready for bed. But it's a happy tired.

But I'm telling you, as an election integrity activists in the making, I learned more about our elections systems in a day than I did in a year of reading. Some things you just have to learn by doing.

This year they signed me up as a poll inspector. It's a bit more responsibility. Last year, we had poll site, absentee, provisional, and challenge ballots. Oh my. This year we're adding virtual ballots (on the touch screen). Keeping everything straight will take some effort. There's all sorts of rules and procedures for maintaining the integrity and security of the ballots. It's very important work.

Now, more than ever, it's important for as many people as possible to step up, take responsibility for our democracry, and help to make sure our elections are fair, open, and verifiable.

Thanks for listening.

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In talking with the King County Poll Worker Office, they are hiring poll workers for the primary and General Election.  There is even an online application you can fill out if you're interested in learning more about becoming a poll worker for King County -- the website is:  http://www.metrokc.gov/elections/pollworker/index.htm
Or you can contact the office directly by phone at 206.296.1606.  

I'd really encourage everyone to become a poll worker for King County -- it's a great way to become involved in the electoral process and to witness firsthand the implementation of the new electronic voting equipment.  Plus, it doesn't hurt that you'll make a few extra dollars...

by husky4ever on Fri Aug 18, 2006 at 10:26:21 AM PST

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and it only gets mentioned now?  I really think getting Diebold machines out of our electoral process should have been a no brainer at this point.

by Pen on Mon Aug 21, 2006 at 12:05:53 AM PST

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