- James Reid
Thoughts On The Election From An Election Worker
By James Reid, Contributing Editor
Election workers, on the left seen checking in voters before they cast their votes in the June 2nd Pennsylvania primary (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
With the election having come in gone one might think that the hostility and lack of civility dividing our nation would be over. I myself was naïve in believing this. The problem is that we have a president who was handed a silver spoon. A man is no less of a victim of elitist pandering than anyone less in his position. What we are seeing is what happens when the person is giving the highest possible position in democracy before having it taken away.
Yesterday Rudy Giuliani continued to embarrass America and the concept of democracy by rattling off nonsensical conspiracy and radicalized fringe beliefs. All of this stemming from the need to blame election workers for corrupting the system in favor of Trump. As someone who worked elections four times this year
I can say without a doubt that these misinformed accusations against private firms in Germany are dangerous and misguided. When you apply to be an election judge you are required to go through three hours of training. This training was built around making sure that everything was neat and established. There were no secretive messages of ballot dumping or erasing of Trump votes. We were taught to make sure that everything went through smoothly.
In fact when it actually came to the election we had computer screens to make sure each person voting was the person they claimed to be. Now this isn't as effective for mail in votes but for the amount of corruption to occur that people think occurred it would have had to be manipulated in person also.
Let me continue on by going into the day in the life of an election worker now that I have informed you of the training. When we get there we had to take an oath to make sure we did our duties with integrity and honesty. Trusting this oath comes down to trusting the people that you work with. A fringe person who has an almost idolization of political candidates comes and votes and leaves and doesn't see who any of us workers are. I trusted the people taking the oath with me and know they trusted me. Once this oath was taken we were tasked with picking a partner of the opposite party to sit at our station with us. This is to insure that the handling of ballots went off without one of us trying to corrupt the voters.
I never once heard a democratic or republican judge try to convince people that their person was the right choice or the opposition the wrong choice. I want to conclude with a little more information. The supervisors we worked under served a purpose to help with provisional and absentee situations if they arose. If the lowest level had been corrupted they would have stepped in to stop it. If they had been corrupted the county itself would have stepped in. Furthermore there was a deeper wealth of minority and youth presence that backed up how close my precincts final vote was. I can't disclose that information, but it might have been the closest and election had been all year at that precinct.
Some official Secretary releases:
List of court cases and losses