It is now 7 p.m. in Chicago, and the polls have closed on one of the most divisive and closely fought presidential elections.
And we’re all just very tired of the election. Literally.
As these folks show.
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True, but I think these folks are just tired.
Just think about the assaults when one of these people droop over about 6 longitudinal seats on a 5000, apparently coming to the Red Line fairly soon.
You don't know tired until you've worked from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. as an election judge in a polling place.
CC, were you a judge? If you were, thank you. I've been a poll watcher, so I know how hard that job is. And we need more competent judges as I'm sure you are.
Yes, I was, thank you. From yesterday's experience, I can tell you that we definitely need more competent judges! I will say the experts from the Board of Elections were a great help, and we got it done. But administering voting at the precinct level is a complicated process, and some changes in precinct boundaries that caught people unawares (despite the mailings they got) caused more complications.
You are lucky that, apparently due to the new voting machines, it was only 9 p.m.
I once worked as an election judge when the judicial retention ballot was on paper, and, of course, in Hyde Park, where most of the ballots were split. That took until 4 a.m. But I lost my clout and would never do that again.
There were also arguments at 5 minutes before closing that someone's name wasn't in the poll book, and no provisional ballots or the like then. So, the combination sure made one's day in those days. Maybe there were some positive results from Florida 2000 and the Help America Vote Act.
The provisional ballots help prevent arguments, but it's extra work and red tape. Also there are inconsistencies in the instructions for what to do if someone has moved. Result is that people who can't be bothered re-registering get special treatment.
I've been a judge. It's a long day. They really ought to make two shifts out of it.
I have mixed feelings about that. It's a huge learning curve. And as it is they have trouble recruiting people. Maybe people would be more inclined to volunteer for half a day, but would they do it for half a day's pay? I guess anybody can handle it for one day.
I remember being so tired by the end of it the last time I did it I haven't a clue if we did anything correctly. I'm sure someone had to sort out our precinct after everything was turned in, and we couldn't be the only one.
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