Observers are appointed by a political party, or by
a consortium of independents. The position is quite flexible. You have can be present at your assigned
precinct anytime from poll opening to closing, but you don’t have to
stay all day. Training is provided but essentially, you are
simply observing. It is likely you will be asked to be present
at opening and closing. You may be asked to follow the precinct
captain with the electronic ballot from the precinct to the central
tabulator To get involved, you should
POLLWORKER (Ohio Pollworkers for Democracy Reference Page)
- contact the political party of your choice, or,
- contact Phil Fry (937) 362-4493 [email protected]. He is coordinating
observers for 5 candidates who are running state-wide but not from
Please answer the following questions.
Your name (not nick name)
full address (not PO box)
phones (especially cell).
All day Nov. 7th or a part day
Available before Nov. 7
Maximum distance you are willing to travel to other counties.
Do you have a camera, video camera, tape recorder?
Pollworkers for Democracy (P4D) will offer
training to ensure you understand the laws, regulations, and
opportunities to ensure a fair election in your precinct.
This is a paid position. You must work in your county of residence.
To get involved, you should
- sign up at pollworkersfordemocracy.org
- you will also then contact your local BOE and ask to be hired.
You can receive additional training by working with P4D…
ELECTION PROTECTION VOLUNTEER
EP workers will be present at
the polls, armed with information to help voters who are refused
access due to the new ID requirement and other reasons, or are
forced to vote by provisional ballot. They generally work with
lawyers to try and solve problems on the spot. Contact PFAW
866-OUR-VOTE is the voter assistance hotline
operated by Election Protection (which is convened by the Lawyers'
Committee, NAACP, People For the American Way at the national
level and we welcome as many additional national, state, and
local organizations as possible). The hotline is live now and will be
answered by legal volunteers. The data collected will be made available
to Election Protection coalition partners (only the nature of the
incident is made available, not the specific voter information).
VIDEO THE VOTE
In 2000 and 2004, we saw our democracy plagued by long lines,
eligible voters turned away, voter intimidation, misallocation and
malfunctioning of voting equipment. The story was eventually told days
and weeks later, only after it was too late. This November, this will
all change, as we “Video the Vote”--a virtual team of everyday
Americans dispatched to capture problems with the vote as they happen,
pushing them through the media on Election Day. To participate, all you
need is a video camera, a cell phone, and the ability to get to a
problem polling place Election Day, should something happen. No
camera? You can still volunteer to help dispatch videographers or with
logistics. Democracy only works when people have free and fair access
to the vote, and together, we can make sure that it does. Join us
or contact Melissa Giraud at [email protected]