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Election Day Prep
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I'm always excited about election day. This is the basis of our government, our ground. Last night I went to a prep class for poll watching. On Tuesday I will be at a polling place which is in a nearby Middle School to observe.

We got five pages of instructions and a half hour briefing (and a slice of pizza). Instruction were very specific: the spaces where poll observers are allowed to go (or required not to go), actions acceptable and not acceptable, how to report anything that seems not quite right.

The big emphasis was on the idea that Everyone Votes. Regular ballot, absentee ballot, provisional ballot. No one is turned away; no one has to show proof of identity (except in one extremely unlikely and limited case); no one is intimidated or challenged, period.

We're not enforcers, just observers. But we can call for help if we feel it's required, if we see anything wrong, including loss of electricity, can't get the door unlocked, equipment missing, etc.

After voting is completed, we watch the ballots being counted and bundled, ready to ship to Norwalk to have the votes tallied. Two poll workers have to provide chain of custody at all times.

If my previous experience in observing polling places is any guide, the morning will be slow and boring. I think I'll bring some chocolate chip cookies (for the poll workers) and my Kindle and a thermos of coffee (for myself). Might as well be comfortable.

It's going to be a very long day.

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