I admit it. I'm a poll worker. No, no no, not a pole worker, a poll worker!
I volunteered to work during the election last November and was assigned to a voting location in an elementary school in Irving, Texas. It was fun and interesting (except the 1+ hour power failure when someone accidently drove into a transformer). So when the election judge, a 22 year old college student, called and asked me to serve again, I told him to sign me up!
Dallas County has recently changed out all the old voting equipment and replaced it with newer, more redundant equipment. We now have electronic voting with a paper ballot trail.
Due to the changes, all election judges and clerks have to take a day-long class to get familiar with the new equipment and the process. Yesterday was my day to be trained.
Some of the interesting facts covered include:
- There are 466 voting locations in Dallas County (there were 468, but 2 were damaged by the tornadoes a few weeks ago)
- There are 1.3 million registered voters in Dallas County
- There are 906 different ballot styles
- There's no more precint-based voting - you can vote anywhere in the county
- There are 51 early voting locations
So take advantage of early voting, or vote on election day (November 5th). And if you come to vote at Britain Elementary School in Irving, look for me and say hi!