Help make democracy work on election day.
--Pamela S. Goodman, LWV of Palm Beach County (FL) president
After you pass strong laws, write good regulations, and train Election Judges, how do you know whether that's made a difference, whether all voters feel welcome at the polls and confident their votes are counted? Our League contracts with our Board of Elections to provide 50-60 volunteers, each of whom attends a training session and visits 3-5 assigned polls on Election Day with a detailed questionnaire about the facility and the voting process. Their mission is to document what's going right, identify and help judges to correct things that aren't, answer questions, and alert the Board of Elections immediately to any major problems. This is a win/win relationship: The League gets funds for our Voters' Guides and a volunteer opportunity that's popular with members (including nationally recruited members). The Board of Elections gets a nonpartisan assessment of their polling places. And the voters get a better experience at the polls!
--Judy Morenoff, past LWVMC president & coordinator of the Montgomery County (MD) Polling Place Support Program
Since 2006, Indiana Leaguers have been monitoring what happens at polling places. Using our election reform committee surveys, poll watchers observe voting in local precincts; election boards distribute our surveys in their poll workers packets; and voters complete exit surveys. Information from these surveys identified significant problems: not enough ballots available for voters; workers confused by provisional ballots; too few poll workers; new registered voters names not being entered into poll books; poll workers having difficulty contacting election headquarters, voters without Voter ID not being able to vote, etc. We send the results to the county elections boards so they can correct problems before the next election. This summer, we are sending our recommendations to all county election boards in Indiana. It's exciting to know the League can prevent close elections from being lost by systemic and human error.
--Jeanette Neagu, LWVIN Election Reform Committee chair
The LWVs of Palm Beach County (FL), Montgomery County (MD), Indiana and other state and local League members have stepped up to serve voters on Election Day. They urge you to join in this vital and rewarding activity. We also remind you of the February 2008 National Voter, p. 12, "Step Up" call for poll workers. It's predicted that two million poll workers (double the number in 2004) will be needed this November because of the expected influx of voters. Whether or not you have ever engaged in Election Day activities, you are needed more than ever in this presidential election year.