Have YOU signed up to work this November's voting polls?Submitted by fanofwalt on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 15:17
I haven't, and I think it's something we all need to do.
Consider all the hijinks that go on at polling places. In addition to Diebold machines across the nation, there's plenty of local shenanigans or plain old ineptness that toss our treasured votes overboard. Did you hear about the more than 3,000 missing ballots from the August primary in Florida? Well guess where officials now think those ballots ended up? In the trash. Literally.
The precious votes of Americans deserve protection from all kinds of invalidation. So I propose that we DPers put our blogging fingers on the push buttons of our telephones, call up our local registrars, and offer to help work the polling places on Election Day.
You don't have to devote the whole day to the process, and you won't even miss out on voting (especially if you do early mail-in voting). In addition to officially working the polls, other options include standing outside of polling places with affidavits so exit polls can be notarized; an excellent program that we really missed the boat on back during the primaries.
So there's the gauntlet thrown. Each DPer here, get on board to protect our votes on Election Day. I'll do the same. It's one thing to tell people to make sure they go out and vote; it's quite another to ensure those votes are counted as they should be.
We may not be able to thwart Diebold, but...hm; but maybe we can.