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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Vote

Yesterday I spent the day at my polling place as an election judge. There is no live blogging at a polling place if you are an election judge so I kept some brief notes on my impressions.The polling place was in a church and was a new polling place from previous years with a lot more precincts in one place (11 total).  The new location did cause a bit of confusion for some people but they did show up. The changes in process were a little confusing–supplies a bit harder to find, steps missed (e.g. signing all the staff forms). Perhaps we should review the book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.

There were 5 receiving judges, 3 ballot judges, 2 provisional judges, 2 touch screen judges, 1 polling place coordinator and 1 clerk and recorder staff member. There were 22 Vote-a-matic voting booths (38 delivered, 22 set up), 4 touch screens, 2 AccuVote machines and 1 mail-in ballot box for those who hadn’t put their mail-in ballots in the mail. Their was 1 poll watcher who was keeping track of who voted so he could go back and call those who hadn’t shown up yet who were likely supporters of his candidate (Andrew Romanoff). With all of this humanity and equipment and the fact that there was a bandstand set up with drums and keyboard–it  November, we are going to need a bigger amount a space then–hopefully we can disassemble the bandstand.

Contrary to my expectations there was a constant stream of voters all day long with no major gaps. There was a mini-crowd at 7:00am when the polls opened and again around lunch-time and by 2:15 there was still a steady stream. There was a 4pm rush; at 4:30 someone noted that the place smelled like airplane air–and the fans that we had in lieu of A/C did not help. Someone commented that “this was the busiest primary I’ve ever seen…in Colorado.” By 5:30 it got busier yet and by 5:45pm we were slammed! Finally it began easing up around 6:10…but we did have one last voter walk in at about 6:59pm just before the polls closed.

Here are some key points that came out of the primary:

  • A number of people did change from unaffiliated to a party to vote in the  Primary
  • We did need a handful of provisional ballots for people who were signed up as mail-in ballots who either didn’t meant to or changed their minds.
  • There were a LOT more Republican voters than Democrats–but that is not surprising given what we know of the voting population.
  • Despite a primary race for Libertarians, we only had ONE Libertarian ballot–and that was someone who changed from unaffiliated just to vote in the Primary.
  • Republican voters in precinct 74 are avid voters. By far, they had the most paper ballots–being the only precinct to go over 50 ballots.

Democrats–we’re going to need a bigger vote in November if we hope to hold or gain offices. Despite my efforts we only had 7 ballots in my precinct (282) with precinct 333 having the highest number of blue paper ballots at 8.

In November, when I hope to see MANY more of you, we need a bigger space–by removing the bandstand– and a whole lot MORE Dems showing up at the polls. I look forward to seeing you there!

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