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Ms. Toad

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Tue Nov 7, 2023, 12:40 PM Nov 2023

Report from the front line in Ohio. ETA: Final Update [View all]

Last edited Tue Nov 7, 2023, 10:04 PM - Edit history (3)

I've been on my feet, in the polls since 6:00 am, as a Democratic observer.

Normally we don't observe elections in odd years, but no one was sure what to expect with both reproductive rights and marijuana on the ballot. So here I am.

I have an entire city to cover (8 locations, 15 precincts). Voting has been steady and heavy at the 8 precincts I've been to. We expected dueling electioneering for issue 1 (reproductive rights), but all I've seen so far are folks pushing candidates.

Newish ballot readers. The first location had 3 machines down within the first half hour. The pollworkers hadn't yet learned how to guide voters, and if voters feed the second sheet before it thanks you for the first, the machine jams and they have to open the ballot box to release it. Since those are sealed so any tampering is evident they aren't allowed to be unsealed by precinct workers - the BOE has to come out. The paper stock is different this year, so the stub doesn't tear off as nicely, so a few ballots needed to be re-marked so they could be read.

The BOE was out before I was done typing up incident reports. Since then, nice smooth voting!

No obvious impact on my precincts from the last minute voter registration cancellation.

As always, anymone suspicious about unfairness in the election process should spend some time as a party observer. I've been doing this for more than a decade, in heavily Democratic, heavily Republican, and mixed counties and have yet to encounter anyone, from either party, doing anything other than their very best to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to vote.

About halfway done (the shift is from 6 am to 7 pm). My feet will be happy when I'm all done.

ETA: and the only unpleasantness so far . . . A voter decided to lecture me because I'm wearing a mask.

ETA: Final update - I got home about 45 minutes ago - poll closing at my main location was confusing and a bit chaotic. INothing that impacted voting/counting the votes that were cast. But I normally leave within 45 minutes of poll closing - and it took nearly twice that time. We're viewing this partly as a dry run for 2024, so over the next couple of days I'll write up a complete summary of everything I observed to help make things run more smoothly next time. We know people, so it is likely any suggestions that come from my group will be taken seriously.

1479 voters in my main voting locaiton. A similar number in my secondary voting location. In the main location around 2% provisional ballots (we worry when they approach 10%). Unfortunately, the ones I noticed were mostly young and/or black. I'm not happy with the new scanners - I hope they can make tweaks to make them less picky/more reliably functional.

And - it appears Issue 1 has passed. Thank goodness!!

Now - on to bigger and better things - As some of you know I'm pursuing a bachelor of fine arts in my retirement. I have to make a body extension for my 3D art class - a vampiress/bat/chick costume by morning. Something tells me I'm not getting much sleep tonight!

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Thank you! dchill Nov 2023 #1
Thank you for your service!!!! getagrip_already Nov 2023 #2
I have to sew a vampire/bat/chick costume Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #9
Thanks for making this process easy for us Ms. T. CincyDem Nov 2023 #3
Bless you for doing this work! redqueen Nov 2023 #4
Thank you! ... Hermit-The-Prog Nov 2023 #5
It is a worry if mine, as well, but I haven't seen it here Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #10
Thank you for your service ZonkerHarris Nov 2023 #6
Thank you underpants Nov 2023 #7
Thank you for doing that! Elessar Zappa Nov 2023 #8
Bless you for your service! fierywoman Nov 2023 #11
Congratulations! True Blue American Nov 2023 #12
Thank you Dave in VA Nov 2023 #13
Thanks for your hard work Ms. Toad! jcgoldie Nov 2023 #14
Yes, thank you for this update. 🙏. n/t iluvtennis Nov 2023 #15
Kudos!! PortTack Nov 2023 #16
Thanks for the update ga_girl Nov 2023 #17
Thank you for working the election! slightlv Nov 2023 #18
What's your assessment of turnout gratuitous Nov 2023 #19
Pretty broad mix. Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #21
From a fellow Ohioan... TSExile Nov 2023 #20
Thanks for your long hours and tired feet. Lonestarblue Nov 2023 #22
Thank you so much! Marthe48 Nov 2023 #23
Thank you for doing this! FireUpChips10 Nov 2023 #24
I was a Dem election observer in Washington state. OMGWTF Nov 2023 #25
Is there such a thing as a Republican observer? Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #30
Thank you! Hope22 Nov 2023 #26
Greetings from Cuyahoga County! Thank you for Ninga Nov 2023 #27
2008 was my first year. Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #32
Thank you, ma'am. sarge43 Nov 2023 #28
Many thanks! Not all heroes wear capes... chia Nov 2023 #29
Thank you from this Ohioan! Diamond_Dog Nov 2023 #31
Same true here. Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #33
Thank you. Great update Demovictory9 Nov 2023 #34
Does heavy voting on Election Day help or hurt us? Polybius Nov 2023 #35
Hard to tell. Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #37
What do you think results will be? EnergizedLib Nov 2023 #36
Polls going in showed strong support for issue 1 Ms. Toad Nov 2023 #38
Ohio poll worker here Maeve Nov 2023 #39
Great job! StrictlyRockers Nov 2023 #40
Thank you for being a poll worker. llmart Nov 2023 #41
Thank You For Doing That! Deep State Witch Nov 2023 #42
Thank you so much. barbtries Nov 2023 #43
Thanks! And keep masking! nilram Nov 2023 #44
I used to work elections. LisaM Nov 2023 #45
Ohio Republican Vow To Overturn OhioTim Nov 2023 #46
Excellent reporting, Ms, Toad! Thank You! msfiddlestix Nov 2023 #47
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