How do I make elections more efficient at one specific polling place?
November 6, 2012 8:25 AM Subscribe
The election process in my neighborhood is very inefficient. What can I do to make it better?
posted by valeries to Law & Government (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This morning I waited in a very long line only to get to the front and find out that only one district had to wait in the line and the others had no lines (there are four districts at my polling place). I tried to inform others in the line of this, but was yelled at by an election official to refrain from doing his job. I have great respect for people who do this work - it's a thankless task and they deal with cranky people all day, but I can see 10 different ways that the lines could be handled more efficiently and the instructions made more clear. It seems like there are too few poll workers, too little space, and too little information.
I'm not sure how much influence I could have as a poll worker. They seem to follow orders and not have the authority to organize the whole process.
On the other hand, if I were to become someone in charge of the county or something, I would also not have much influence on the actual, transactional process of voting. I don't want to organize all voting places, I only want to organize mine. Actually, it doesn't need to be mine exactly, just one specific place, not every polling place in the area.
How far up in the process would one have to go to have an effect on the actual physical flow of the election process? Who is in charge of that? How do I become that person?
I live in Brooklyn, NY, so it's not a matter of inefficiencies for the purpose of intentionally suppressing the vote. In the last presidential election there were long lines but they moved quickly and efficiently. My immediate area was not directly affected by Sandy and there wasn't an excessive amount of people voting by affidavit.