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California’s Precarious Poll Position

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Along the lines of “what if they held an election and nobody came?”, here’s something else to ponder: what if they bothered to vote, but no one was manning the polling stations?

That’s the question being asked by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who yesterday put out an SOS to civic-minded Californians, asking for their help in staffing the nation-state’s 22,000 voting locales for the June primary.

“Poll workers are truly ambassadors of democracy because they are the most important people voters deal with on Election Day,” said Bowen. “By protecting voters’ rights, securing ballots and ensuring accessibility to the polling place, poll workers are key to the success of every election.”


Which is all fine and dandy, but what else is in it for a poll volunteer, besides the joy of their neighbors try to make sense of touchscreens?

Well, there’s a pay-off of about $100 for a day’s work.

If you’re interested in adding “poll worker” to your resumé, there are conditions: you have to be either a registered voter or a high-school student at least 16 years of age, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

And you have to be in good standing with the state (which pretty much rules out the Legislature).

To find out more information about helping the state survive the primary, click here.

btw, there are only 19 days left to register (May 24) to vote in California’s June 8 funfest.

Tick-tock, tick-tock . . .


Written by Bill Whalen

May 5, 2010 at 7:40 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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