In 2008, I voted for the first time, in the New Hampshire primary, and ever since I've been obsessed with election administration. I've been a poll worker in NYC since 2012, caucused in Iowa in 2016, observed the Stein recount in Pennsylvania after the last presidential election, and worked for ProPublica’s Electionland team during the 2018 midterms. In favor of: automatic, same-day, and online voter registration, early voting and vote-by-mail, multi-lingual ballots, and enfranchising felons, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and all other territories. Against: ID laws and other shady suppressive bullshit. Undecided: the Electoral College.
As the midterms approach amid reports of voter suppression and foreign interference, it’s easy to lose sight of the humble poll worker who is at the mechanical level of the city’s electoral process. Read more at The New York Times.
It’s against the law to assist a voter outside of the booth, the officer reminded them, so Velazquez stopped translating. “I didn’t want to do anything to risk this man’s opportunity to vote,” he said. Read more at The Intercept.
"The worst thing that can happen to an election official is to have an election problem," says Langeler, "so they tend to be risk averse, with good reason." Read more at Pacific Standard.