Last Minute Tips for Election Workers

Last Minute Tips for Election Workers

November 3, 2014

Here are a few last minute suggestions for Election Day workers:

1. Dress is business casual – shirt and/or sweater and slacks that are comfortable. Remember to wear comfortable shoes!

2. Small cooler with drinks, snacks, lunch, etc. – there may be a fridge at your facility. You will get 1 hour for lunch and can leave the facility at that time. Lunch can be a bit later since you will be there late. Remember to bring enough snacks to sustain you since we will …

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Clarification on the Use of Cell Phones at the Polls

Clarification on the Use of Cell Phones at the Polls

October 31, 2014

As a follow up to our recent post about reporting election irregularities, Ohio VIP would like to clarify the use of cell phones as it relates to election workers.  According to Ohio Secretary of State Directives 2012-12 and 2012-12-2, Secretary Husted has issued the following instructions for Poll Observers:

Observers may use communication devices and audio/video devices in and about the polling place subject to the following conditions:

1) The devices must be set so as to produce no noise (low volume vibration …

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Report Voter Fraud and Election Day Issues to Ohio VIP

Report Voter Fraud and Election Day Issues to Ohio VIP

October 29, 2014

Election Day is less than a week away and Ohio VIP would like to remind voters, election workers and outside poll workers to keep your eyes and ears open for instances of election fraud and irregularities.

Problems include but are not limited to:

Campaigning or people wearing political apparel inside of the precinct or inside of the 100 foot flagged area around the polling location
Poll workers instructing voters which candidates to vote for.
Other people instructing voters about candidates inside the 100 foot flags.
Poll workers that are not checking …

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Poll Workers: A Weak Link In Our Electoral System

Poll Workers: A Weak Link In Our Electoral System

September 25, 2014

On Election Day, ordinary citizens are hired and paid as poll workers by the county Boards of Elections (BOEs).  Anyone can apply because there are no educational requirements: reading, writing or mathematics.  However these people are entrusted with the duty to determine:

Who can vote
Where a person can vote
And what type of ballot a voter can cast: regular or provisional

Poll workers receive training from the BOEs but training techniques and poll worker knowledge and integrity are not evaluated by anyone other than the BOEs …

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Two more indicted in Hamilton County for Voter Fraud

Two more indicted in Hamilton County for Voter Fraud

April 23.2014

By Kimball Perry

Cincinnati.com

Two more people — including a poll worker — were indicted Wednesday for illegal voting in Hamilton County.

A grand jury issued indictments against Timothy Merman of Fairfax and Ellen Duncan of Avondale.

Merman was accused of using, for voting purposes, a closed Fairfax business as his residential address while voting in 2012, said Mary Siegel of the Ohio Voter Integrity Project, a nonpartisan nonprofit focusing on educating people about the election process.

“We suspected he lived in Kentucky,” Siegel said of Merman. Her agency reported …

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Become a Poll Worker and Stop Voter Fraud

Become a Poll Worker and Stop Voter Fraud

April 18, 2014

The May 6th Primary Election is right around the corner and there are many Ohio counties still in desperate need of poll workers.

Can you help?

By law, polling locations must have an equal number of Republican and Democrat poll workers to ensure that the team is bi-partisan.  But this is not happening!

People are being hired based on their primary ballot choice and if someone does not vote in a primary, the Boards of Elections don’t know the person’s true political leanings and they are …

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Another Hamilton County Poll Worker Caught Double Voting

Another Hamilton County Poll Worker Caught Double Voting

February 12, 2014

On Tuesday February 11, 2014, the Hamilton County Board of Elections unanimously voted to send long time poll worker, Ellen Duncan, to the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office for investigation of voter fraud.  Ms. Duncan, who was hired as a Republican worker, worked at Precinct Cincinnati 13A, the Urban League on Reading Road.

Ms. Duncan, a 14+ year poll worker appeared before the Board and apologized for voting twice in connection with the November 2013 Election, stating she loves her job and she did not …

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Cincinnati Poll Worker faces 8 Counts of Voter Fraud

Cincinnati Poll Worker faces 8 Counts of Voter Fraud

She admitted voting twice in the presidential election last November, and now, Obama supporter Melowese Richardson has been indicted for allegedly voting at least six times. She also is charged with illegal voting in 2008 and 2011.

The 58-year-old veteran Cincinnati poll worker, indicted Monday, faces eight counts of voter fraud. Two others, one of whom is a nun, have been charged separately.

Richardson had admitted on camera to a local TV station, “Yes, I voted twice,” claiming she was concerned that her vote would not count. …

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Photo ID – Facts vs Myths

Photo ID – Facts vs Myths

22 places You Need a Photo ID

 

Myths about Photo ID Requirements

 

Myth: Requiring photo ID is the same as a new “poll tax.”

Response: The Federal Voting Rights Act and constitutional jurisprudence are quite clear that states are not allowed to set any requirements to vote that requires an outlay of money on the part of the voter. Since Ohio and many states require a fee to obtain a state ID or driver’s license, photo ID bills typically include provisions to address this concern.

 

Myth: 11% of potential registered …

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From Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State, “I am encouraging all…to be poll workers.”

From Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State, “I am encouraging all…to be poll workers.”

April 24, 2012

As Secretary of State, my primary responsibility is to administer a fair election where eligible voters can freely exercise their right to vote and have complete confidence in the accuracy of the results. This is no easy job because the reality is that the system by which we elect our political leaders will never be perfect.

Unfortunately, the fact that there is “room for improvement” seems to be the only common ground we have been able to find when it comes to elections reform. …

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