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Monday, September 20, 2021

Democratic Congress members called for tougher legislation to address death threats against U.S. election administrators following a Reuters report that exposed a lack of arrests in response to a wave of intimidation targeting the workers since November's presidential election. In a report published on Wednesday, Reuters identified more than 100 threats of death or violence made to election workers and officials, part of an unprecedented campaign of intimidation inspired by former President Donald Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. The response from U.S. law enforcement has so far produced only four known arrests and no convictions.

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Worked as a poll worker (ballot box closer) November 3rd last year.
I live north of Seattle but was assigned to the Gold Bar ballot drop box with a guy that had some it before. After the money spent on gas, it was 40 miles each way, I was basically volunteering my time as the pay wasn't much.

Drop box was @ a little community park a block off the main drag. Luckily they had a gazebo to shield us from the rain. We basically ----------- with each other, waved to the cars dropping off their ballots.

Had a couple of skeptical citizens come up and ask what we were doing.

This place was very rural, and you can practically hear the banjos playing. This was mountain people and hilljacks. It felt like the south.

This one skeptical wrinkled woman probably about 70 came over and started talking. I'll call her Norma Jean, as she had a constant cigarette in her mouth.

She said I've been watching you guys all night. We said that's your right ma'am and we welcome you to observe the process.

She then said "I don't trust city folk", I said you have a right to your opinion and like I said you are more than welcome to observe us and I believe transparency is a good thing so I'm more than happy you are here to witness us doing our job.

We had a step by step protocol in which we were to and did follow.

She said "I think Trump and Culp (Trump wanna be running for gov) are going to win". I said have no idea of who's going to win ma'am (I kind of did but you have to remain politically neutral as a poll worker).

Started just talking small talk with her and she became more friendly.
As we were closing the ballot box we showed her the steps we were to follow and then did so.

By the end of the night as we were leaving she was downright nice to us.

My co-worker was laughing his ass of after he left and said "that was masterful. You took a hostile woman and had her eating out of your hand by the end of the night!". I said I've had lots of practice working with the public and am good at defusing situations.

#1 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-09-20 09:13 PM | Reply

Worked as a poll worker (ballot box closer) November 3rd last year.
I live north of Seattle but was assigned to the Gold Bar ballot drop box with a guy that had some it before. After the money spent on gas, it was 40 miles each way, I was basically volunteering my time as the pay wasn't much.

Drop box was @ a little community park a block off the main drag. Luckily they had a gazebo to shield us from the rain. We basically ----------- with each other, waved to the cars dropping off their ballots.

Had a couple of skeptical citizens come up and ask what we were doing.

This place was very rural, and you can practically hear the banjos playing. This was mountain people and hilljacks. It felt like the south.

This one skeptical wrinkled woman probably about 70 came over and started talking. I'll call her Norma Jean, as she had a constant cigarette in her mouth.

She said I've been watching you guys all night. We said that's your right ma'am and we welcome you to observe the process.

She then said "I don't trust city folk", I said you have a right to your opinion and like I said you are more than welcome to observe us and I believe transparency is a good thing so I'm more than happy you are here to witness us doing our job.

We had a step by step protocol in which we were to and did follow.

She said "I think Trump and Culp (Trump wanna be running for gov) are going to win". I said have no idea of who's going to win ma'am (I kind of did but you have to remain politically neutral as a poll worker).

Started just talking small talk with her and she became more friendly.
As we were closing the ballot box we showed her the steps we were to follow and then did so.

By the end of the night as we were leaving she was downright nice to us.

My co-worker was laughing his ass of after he left and said "that was masterful. You took a hostile woman and had her eating out of your hand by the end of the night!". I said I've had lots of practice working with the public and am good at defusing situations.

#2 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-09-20 09:23 PM | Reply

Throw these terrorists in Gitmo.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-21 07:46 AM | Reply

I hate the public.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-21 04:26 PM | Reply

Dealing with the public isn't a problem until you encounter one of them that thinks you're something other than a flesh-and-blood human or worse that they could take you in a fight.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-21 05:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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