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  •  About those pens (0+ / 0-)

    I was  an inside poll watcher in Pinellas County, Florida.  We use optical scanners with ballots marked by pens.

    The day started with a huge line...about 150 people at its peak.  Stations were set up so that about 15 people people could vote at a time. Things were moving slowly but they were moving.  

    But after about an hour, one of the clerks handing out ballots called out--"We're out of pens!"

    For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost...

    Apparently, voters were absent-mindedly keeping their pens after they voted and no one thought to collect them.  The workers did become more vigilant and got through the rest of the day with about 20 pens for 15 stations.

    The next time I poll watch, I'll bring a box of black pens.  (Poll workers also were super busy calling up the elections office to troubleshoot problems.  They were writing down information on paper but ran out of scratch paper, so I gave them a memo pad that I had.)

    •  our pens were attached, but I didn't get a sticker (1+ / 0-)
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      'I voted'  --- first time ever I didn't get a sticker.  I said, 'what no sticker' and everyone looked at me like I had lost my mind.  Guess they don't do that here.

      But they did run out of paper ballots.  Here and it was a problem because traffic had gridlocked and they couldn't get a new supply.

      GOP - Get In, Sit Down, Shut up, & Hang On!

      by 88kathy on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:41:55 AM PST

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