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Voting in an election
Old 11-08-2017, 12:25 PM
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I live in a suburb. I voted yesterday and I know that the men and women that are working at the polls start work before 5am and some are not done until 9pm. Not all work all those hours, but still. After voting I smiled at the man collecting the voting ticket and thanked him for working all day. He thanked me, but seemed shocked at what I said. Am I the only one who acknowledges the long hours these people put in. I know sometimes I am kind of weird.

So anyone else do this?


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I was a pollster
Old 11-08-2017, 01:12 PM
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In the presidential primaries the other year. Such a long day; we had to arrive at 4:30am to set up and couldn't leave until all was accounted for after the polls closed which was about 8:30pm. I don't remembet anyone really thanking us besides the "thanks" when we handed the ballot. Thank YOU for your kindness.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:04 PM
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My DH and I drove out to our polling place about 5:00 yesterday. It's 16 miles away from our house on a 2 lane country road. The polling place is in an old school house from the early 1900's that now serves as the community library. The only other buildings except for a few houses are a general store, old time post office, volunteer fire department, western dance hall, and church. Five polling place volunteers greeted us when we arrived - all folks our age. They thanked us for coming out and we thanked them for being there. It was a lovely drive back home too with our "I Voted" stickers on our jackets.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:38 PM
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My mom and dad instilled in me the importance of voting as a civic responsibility.... So much so that when I was in college I volunteered to be a poll worker. It was 20-something me and four others of retirement age. I think the other volunteers were perplexed but happy to have me there.

It is a LONG day. I was there at least 14 hours, from when the polls opened to after they closed.

Anyway, since then I always thank the poll workers. It is such an important job! (To vote itself and to help with the process.)

I still think about volunteering to do it again.
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:24 PM
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I've done it! I live in Canada and have worked in at a polling station on election day. It was a long day. I don't remember starting that early. I think we started at 8am and were there until 11:30pm or so. I was paid for the day. I would volunteer if it wasn't a paid position here. I think it is an important duty and I loved being part of the process.


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Old 11-08-2017, 05:19 PM
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Five polling place volunteers greeted us when we arrived - all folks our age.
Are Poll Clerks and Returning Officers volunteers in the US?
I never knew that, even after all these years of belonging to PT.

I have worked many elections as a volunteer for a particular party or candidate.
All our Polling Clerks and Returning Officers are trained and paid for both the training and Election Day or Advance Polls.
My sister does that and likes the money

It is indeed a long day for everyone.
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:39 PM
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Are Poll Clerks and Returning Officers volunteers in the US?
I'm not sure about other states, but when I was a pollster (Spring 2015) I was paid to do so. That was in MO. The pay was $8/hour plus mileage to and from the location.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:20 PM
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I was paid too, but it was a nominal amount, similar to doing jury duty. In other words, not even minimum wage. When I say volunteered, I mean that I did it not for the money, but for the service.

*This was CA in the early 90's.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:48 PM
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My husband has done every election for at least the past 15 years. He does get paid $125 for the day.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:02 PM
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I think it was very considerate of you empathize with them and be so considerate! I have always thanked those who handed me my ballot, helped me feed it into the machine, etc., but have never thought to say what you said. I will remember to do that next time! Thanks for a great idea!

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