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Thursday August 17, 2006
03:44 PM

Election judging

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I am very psyched to be chosen to be an election judge again this year, and proud of my state and county for using a decent (i.e. hand-recountable paper trail) ballot system. None of this electronic ballot malarkey. I'll be working the primary and general elections, and we just had training this week.

One addition this year (due to HAVA) is the new AutoMARK machine, which makes ballot marking more accessible. It has braille, audio, touchscreen with magnify/high-contrast, and "puff" interfaces for those with limited mobility. I'll probably use it to mark up my own ballot just so I get a chance to play with it.

One thing I really enjoy about being a judge is that I get to meet a lot of the people who live in my neighborhood. We had something like 90% voter turnout last year, so I had at least an opportunity to talk to most of the adults (any many of the kids) in my area.

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