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Working at the polls

The following are some of my observations from working at the Ward 7 polls during the November election of 2012. I realize I am lucky enough to have a job and a life where I can take election day off to work at the polls. I write this not to shame anyone into signing up for this, but rather expose and promote the many upsides of the work. In Burlington, this job pays about $8.50 an hour, but it may be a volunteer position in your town.

Know your Inspector

Find out who the Inspector of Elections is in your ward. The easiest way is to call the City Clerk's office. While you're on the phone with the Clerk's office, you should also ask if they know if there is any training involved with working at the polls on election day. I had done the training once a few years ago. It was voluntary then, but things may have changed. You ward Inspector of elections may need help with tasks that don't require training, so be sure to talk with him or her before signing up for training. In my case, I alternated between directing traffic in front of the ballot boxes and sitting at the check-in tables where names are crossed off and ballots handed out.

Know your Neighbors

One of the biggest advantages to working at the election is that you get to see a lot of your neighbors. I can't think of a better way to get a glimpse of the makeup of your extended neighborhood. Not everybody votes of course, but it's nice to see who cares enough to take part. It's especially nice to be able to help out first time voters. If they leave with a smile they'll most likely be return customers.

Know the Rules

While you're working, go out of your way not to discuss any of the candidates or issues involved in the election. Chit chat is encouraged of course, but if someone starts talking to you about something on the ballot, politely change the subject or just plead the fifth. The voters should be the only one who touch their ballots. I learned this one while working at the ballot boxes. The machines we use here will reject the inserted ballot if there is a problem, and sometimes if there's not. Watch the voters cast their ballots and make sure they aren't walking away from a rejected one. When there was an issue, there was someone I would call over to take care of the problem so I could go back to watching others cast their ballots and assist them where I could.

Know your Limitations

Don't over commit yourself. If you have to leave at a certain time, make sure those working with you know from the beginning. If you have signed up to help close the polls, be prepared to stay past 9PM to help with the processing of provisional ballots and to help separate the ballots that have write in votes. This is where my polling place, and I would think every polling place where over 1000 ballots are cast, could really use more help. This seemed to be the biggest bottleneck in the process and also where we had the fewest number of workers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 05:22


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6:00 PM, Miller Center Community Room, 130 Gosse Court


Burlington  Vermont Flood Disaster Response

The City of Burlington will host a public meeting 6 pm Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at the Miller Center Community Room (130 Gosse Court) to provide information and to answer questions about the city's flood disaster response. Topics will include flood damage assessment to buildings, repairs, regulatory requirements, and opportunities for assistance.

We have sent out a press release and posted this on the Front Porch Forum and plan to place notices out as well -- anything you can do to let people know would be most welcome.

Many thanks!

Joe Reinert
Assistant to the Mayor
Room 34, City Hall
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 865-7275
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Office of Mayor Bob Kiss

Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2011 17:39

FEMA Assistance Appoved


Great News

The White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved money for seven Vermont counties. According to NECN, "Individuals and businesses can get money from a host of sources, including loans from the Small Business Administration, to help in the recovery. Business loans will be low-interest and run up to $2-million, leaders said. For private homeowners, repair support will go up to $30,000, and loans to nearly a quarter-million dollars." Read the full story here.

To get started with you application, visit the FEMA website or call (800) 621-3362.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 17:35

What can Homeowners do?

The most important thing you can do right now is report your property damage

Call 211 to report you flooding damage

In order to get FEMA money, the state, county and local governments must show that the damage is severe enough to warrant the federal aid. The only way they can do that is if everybody reports the damage sustained to their property.

If you have further questions or need to speak to somebody associated with Burlington Government, The Department of Public Works has also set up a number to call:

Burlington DPW: 863-9094

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 02:57

North Cove Flooding

North Cove is probably the hardest hit area of the New North End. The cleanup will be massive and the residents will need help from their neighbors. The help will come in several forms: industrial cleaning equipment like wet-vacs and power fans, cleaning supplies, trash hauling, and a lot more.

North Cove by Satellite

North Cove Map and Satellite
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2011 19:20


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