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(Washington Post)   During most elections, the vast majority of poll workers are older Americans. This year, they're dropping out by droves because of COVID. Millennials: Don't worry, America, we got this   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-09-25 12:39:22 PM  
We just 6 new ones in my town of 300.

We had 6 over 70 years old who all quit together
 
2020-09-25 12:52:37 PM  
Am I going to tell some kid to get off their f*cking phone for 5 seconds so i can have a ballot?

/Mostly kidding. :)
 
2020-09-25 12:59:30 PM  
This just means that there will be no "I Voted" stickers being given out. Instead, everybody will have to bring their own "I Helped A Voter" stickers to the polls for distribution to the workers.
 
2020-09-25 2:25:54 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Am I going to tell some kid to get off their f*cking phone for 5 seconds so i can have a ballot?

/Mostly kidding. :)


The primary election was painful. I went when there wasn't a line (AZ), and the old folks in there couldn't figure out the online rolls. It took 4 workers about 20 minutes to remember how to get my name in my precinct, even though they had a 3-ring binder full of the voters right in front of them. So now I know that the whole process is done via Verizon Wireless Jetpack. Who even knows how secure it is?

My county is consistently blue in Arizona because we have the bulk of the Navajo Nation within our county borders. I worry that it's going to turn pink this year because of bullshiat shenanigans.
 
2020-09-25 2:32:06 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: NewportBarGuy: Am I going to tell some kid to get off their f*cking phone for 5 seconds so i can have a ballot?

/Mostly kidding. :)

The primary election was painful. I went when there wasn't a line (AZ), and the old folks in there couldn't figure out the online rolls. It took 4 workers about 20 minutes to remember how to get my name in my precinct, even though they had a 3-ring binder full of the voters right in front of them. So now I know that the whole process is done via Verizon Wireless Jetpack. Who even knows how secure it is?

My county is consistently blue in Arizona because we have the bulk of the Navajo Nation within our county borders. I worry that it's going to turn pink this year because of bullshiat shenanigans.


I'm trying to remain as optimistic as possible while still telling everyone I know to vote. This is one time you can't sit at home on your ass, not that they should for any of these elections because that's how these bad policies happen, people just don't care until it hurts them.

I don't trust much this year. We have those old school scan ballot machines which i think are supposed to be pretty secure... but who knows anymore.

More and more I'm reminded of Stalin's.. it's not who votes, it's who counts the votes.

Going to be a really nerve wracking month and a half.
 
2020-09-25 3:04:13 PM  
We have over 200 people drop out last election, which was fine because we only used 1/4 of the polling locations.
 
2020-09-25 3:05:18 PM  
Heard it before.  Believe it when I see it.
 
2020-09-25 3:05:26 PM  
I'm 39 and volunteered for the first time in California.  If i can help one person who normally does it stay safe, it's worth it.
 
2020-09-25 3:06:10 PM  
You're farking welcome, Boomers.
 
2020-09-25 3:06:15 PM  
I'm doing my part. I'm saving my N95 mask for Election Day.
 
2020-09-25 3:06:22 PM  
If I wasn't unsure of my working situation come election time I would do it (again). The last time I did it for the primaries in 2016 everyone was older except for a 21-year-old. They were even perplexed by the tablets to verify ID on. Kind of scary, and the rapepublicans were pretty aggressive about their beliefs (to other poll workers, not voters).
 
2020-09-25 3:06:47 PM  
Cool.

And while you're at it....VOTE!!!

Set a new precedent. Young people actually turning out for elections.

And trust us, you'll looooooove the taste of boomers' tears.
 
2020-09-25 3:07:56 PM  
Remember.

Volunteer.
Work in a heavy republican district.
Follow the rules *EXACTLY* to the extent the law allows.

What's good for the goose....
 
2020-09-25 3:08:28 PM  
What, no "Millenials are killing part-time jobs for retirees?" headline?
 
2020-09-25 3:09:36 PM  
Thanks, kids!

If it hasn't been made clear, I'm cool with the Millennials and the Zwhatevers. The youngs are alright by me. Except for the Nazi/Klan/racist farkers, of course.

Those people can all go fark themselves.
 
2020-09-25 3:09:59 PM  
Filled out my application a while ago, no idea if PA will end up calling
 
2020-09-25 3:13:34 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Am I going to tell some kid to get off their f*cking phone for 5 seconds so i can have a ballot?

/Mostly kidding. :)


GET OFF MY ANIMAL CROSSING YARD OR WHATEVER
 
2020-09-25 3:13:39 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Filled out my application a while ago, no idea if PA will end up calling


Same, but I applied last week though.
 
2020-09-25 3:14:16 PM  
Complementary coffee and donuts for poll workers to be replaced with avocado toast and asparagus water.
 
2020-09-25 3:14:42 PM  
But yeah, I have applied to be a poll worker. I'm just waiting to hear back from the County. You're farking welcome.
 
2020-09-25 3:15:07 PM  
As a registered independent, I cannot be a poll worker in Kentucky, unfortunately.
 
2020-09-25 3:15:13 PM  
Finally, something Millennials aren't ruining.

Well, maybe not, we'll see...

/jk
//good job stepping up
 
2020-09-25 3:15:18 PM  
My state had a "problem" with poll workers resisting the "must wear a mask" restriction and resigning.  Frankly, this is the best news possible.  I don't want Trumpy plague rats as poll workers.  I don't want their virus spreading, I don't trust their ethics.
 
2020-09-25 3:16:27 PM  
I'm no millennial, but I volunteered for the first time to be an election officer here in Virginia.  This oughtta be interesting
 
2020-09-25 3:17:22 PM  

gunga galunga: Cool.

And while you're at it....VOTE!!!

Set a new precedent. Young people actually turning out for elections.

And trust us, you'll looooooove the taste of boomers' tears.


While I agree, you realize that like, half of the Millennials are thirtysomethings, right?  They're younger than 65, sure, but calling them "young people" seems a bit weird at this point, considering there's a full cultural generation of people younger than them, and a lot of them are of voting age already.
 
2020-09-25 3:17:57 PM  

Dimensio: As a registered independent, I cannot be a poll worker in Kentucky, unfortunately.


If you want to do your part, see if you can enlist Rand Paul's neighbor. That guy won't take any farking shiat.
 
2020-09-25 3:19:24 PM  
I was a poll worker in 2004, since I couldn't find any other job.  I was at least 20 years younger than anyone there, and the only male.

I'm guessing there's a fresh batch of unemployed this year that'll step up.
 
2020-09-25 3:19:30 PM  
Next week: "Are Millenials killing voting?"
 
2020-09-25 3:19:35 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Remember.

Volunteer.
Work in a heavy republican district.
Follow the rules *EXACTLY* to the extent the law allows.

What's good for the goose....


Point of order, you can only work in the county that you live as a poll worker. Moreover, you're generally assigned to a precinct that is either yours or somewhat close to yours. That may change if they need you in a different precinct, but you don't get to pick where you'll be.

/first time poll worker this November
 
2020-09-25 3:20:46 PM  

gunga galunga: Set a new precedent. Young people actually turning out for elections.


I have more faith in the Year of the Linux Desktop happening.
 
2020-09-25 3:21:43 PM  
I signed up to be a 'poll watcher'. I have my camo cargo shorts, thin blue line tee, and never fired AR-15 all ready to go. Oh, and mirrored aviator glasses! DOING MY PART!
 
2020-09-25 3:21:55 PM  
I applied in August - we are all mailed ballots, but there is still work gathering and tracking those as they are dropped off or delivered. The county sent a followup BCC blast a few weeks ago that was like "Thanks for your interest - don't get your hopes up, application volume is unprecedented. Don't call us (please). We'll call you".
 
2020-09-25 3:23:32 PM  
say what you will about appeal of younger poll workers but in my opinion the experience of the older ones leave for a better better experience. I don't know what it is. probably just the confidence of so many years working the poll mixed in the with strange familiarity the comes from having an older wiser person guide you into the right position. maybe its the muscle memory from having handled so many ballots before but i always feel more comfortable with those older poll workers.
 
2020-09-25 3:24:57 PM  
I took November 2nd through 4th off so I can cower in place.
Pretty sure that's going to help.

Texas early voting starts on October 13th.
 
2020-09-25 3:25:06 PM  

khitsicker: say what you will about appeal of younger poll workers but in my opinion the experience of the older ones leave for a better better experience. I don't know what it is. probably just the confidence of so many years working the poll mixed in the with strange familiarity the comes from having an older wiser person guide you into the right position. maybe its the muscle memory from having handled so many ballots before but i always feel more comfortable with those older poll workers.


My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of personal struggle.
 
2020-09-25 3:25:12 PM  
I'm 52, and will be working the polls in Boston.  Probably just cleaning and sanitizing voting booths, but every part matters.

Gen X - We get shiat done because it's the right thing to do.
 
2020-09-25 3:25:25 PM  
It's ridiculous to expect older Americans to carry the pole worker burden.

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2020-09-25 3:25:56 PM  
My son is 23 and he signed up to be a poll worker.

So, yup.
 
2020-09-25 3:26:39 PM  

khitsicker: having an older wiser person guide you into the right position. maybe its the muscle memory from having handled so many


...go on.
 
2020-09-25 3:27:06 PM  
Like others, I also want this to translate into bigly wins for Democrats. Please give a shiat this time. I know some of you do, but some of you are still shiatting all over the (admittedly imperfect) process.

If you want to change it, you have to be in charge of the shiat that can change it. Whining on Twatter and Instagram doesn't do anything except occasionally generate amusing memes. It doesn't take the place of voting and participating.
 
2020-09-25 3:27:43 PM  

Close2TheEdge: I'm 52, and will be working the polls in Boston.  Probably just cleaning and sanitizing voting booths, but every part matters.

Gen X - We get shiat done because it's the right thing to do.


Be a real shame if a piece of sponge got caught underneath the Trump lever.
 
2020-09-25 3:27:57 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: I applied in August - we are all mailed ballots, but there is still work gathering and tracking those as they are dropped off or delivered. The county sent a followup BCC blast a few weeks ago that was like "Thanks for your interest - don't get your hopes up, application volume is unprecedented. Don't call us (please). We'll call you".


I love reading comments like this.  I hope some counties consider bringing more people on board to deal with higher mail in volume.  If you don't get chosen you should consider volunteering to give people rides to the polls.
 
2020-09-25 3:28:20 PM  

khitsicker: say what you will about appeal of younger poll workers but in my opinion the experience of the older ones leave for a better better experience. I don't know what it is. probably just the confidence of so many years working the poll mixed in the with strange familiarity the comes from having an older wiser person guide you into the right position. maybe its the muscle memory from having handled so many ballots before but i always feel more comfortable with those older poll workers.


Those old biddies are dumb as shiat and take forever. 'NO WITH A 'K' NOT A 'C'... IT'S RIGHT THERE!' Old people are useless and should only be isolated and studied to identify what nutrients might be extracted from them for our own personal use.
 
2020-09-25 3:30:16 PM  
* This offer not valid in crucial swing state districts that lean Democratic, controlled by Republican governors, where new, completely new voting machines will be installed and left to be presided over by untrained, untechnically inclined and yes, typically older poll workers and if it takes too long to figure it all out well that's just too bad...
 
2020-09-25 3:35:57 PM  
I'm worried about the lack of experience when a snafu happens, and an argument about young workers unable to notice fraudsters but then again I'm sure the GOP will say anything so I should just quit worrying and learn to love every offer of help because helping is good.
 
2020-09-25 3:36:44 PM  

special20: I took November 2nd through 4th off so I can cower in place.
Pretty sure that's going to help.


A random sampling tells me that the average Fark hangover will be at least 4 days so you are cutting yourself short by at least 2 days, dude.  I'm planning at least a week of baby crawling on the ceiling, helicopter above following me, Trump Jehovah Witnessing at my front door hallucinations.
 
2020-09-25 3:37:20 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: I'm worried about the lack of experience when a snafu happens, and an argument about young workers unable to notice fraudsters but then again I'm sure the GOP will say anything so I should just quit worrying and learn to love every offer of help because helping is good.


Then blame the people who kept COVID around and made this a necessity.
 
2020-09-25 3:46:00 PM  

hammettman: special20: I took November 2nd through 4th off so I can cower in place.
Pretty sure that's going to help.

A random sampling tells me that the average Fark hangover will be at least 4 days so you are cutting yourself short by at least 2 days, dude.  I'm planning at least a week of baby crawling on the ceiling, helicopter above following me, Trump Jehovah Witnessing at my front door hallucinations.


If Biden wins the election I'm going to eat a healthy portion of steak, a salad and some asparagus along with two glasses of whistle pig whiskey. I'll go to bed at a reasonable hour and take the puppy for a walk in the morning.

I'll put more work into losing the COVID-19 I've gained since lockdown started and I'll start planning for a solar installation on my house.

I'll wait quietly for Trump to die and when he does I'll piss on his grave.
 
2020-09-25 3:49:56 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: hammettman: special20: I took November 2nd through 4th off so I can cower in place.
Pretty sure that's going to help.

A random sampling tells me that the average Fark hangover will be at least 4 days so you are cutting yourself short by at least 2 days, dude.  I'm planning at least a week of baby crawling on the ceiling, helicopter above following me, Trump Jehovah Witnessing at my front door hallucinations.

If Biden wins the election I'm going to eat a healthy portion of steak, a salad and some asparagus along with two glasses of whistle pig whiskey. I'll go to bed at a reasonable hour and take the puppy for a walk in the morning.

I'll put more work into losing the COVID-19 I've gained since lockdown started and I'll start planning for a solar installation on my house.

I'll wait quietly for Trump to die and when he does I'll piss on his grave.


Stay healthy enough to be prepaid to wait in an enormous line to do that act.
 
2020-09-25 3:50:30 PM  

special20: Close2TheEdge: I'm 52, and will be working the polls in Boston.  Probably just cleaning and sanitizing voting booths, but every part matters.

Gen X - We get shiat done because it's the right thing to do.

Be a real shame if a piece of sponge got caught underneath the Trump lever.


Whatever. I'm going to my room and listening to The Smiths, MOM. Pffft
 
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