Virginia law impedes, rather than helps, voting in elections
Note from Dan: The following letter was sent by E. Duane Howard of Roanoke, who worked the polls Tuesday, to City Councilman Sherman Lea. It relates to this story, and this editorial, in today’s paper.
I hope you might consider the problem of inexperienced poll workers. The problem has to be changed in Richmond. The greatest resource of poll workers are people like myself who do not work, we are an aging group with numerous health problems.
I enjoyed my experiences working the polls, but the requirement that one MUST work the entire shift is simply to much for many of us with health problems. A 13-15 hour day, and in this past Tuesday’s fiasco up to 17 hours or more. And I think its only a flat fee, no matter hour many hours one wounds up working.
I simply don’t understand why it could not be divided in to at least two shifts? Do you?
The city would have a greater number of experience poll workers from year to year. Plus, you train the first shift in the opening procedures, which is far different in the closing procedures. Easier for people to learn and remember.
Plus, with everything going electronic, may be discouraging for older volunteers, and where you going to get younger people who are not working to put in a day? This problem is likely to get much worse before it gets better. I don’t have the answers but hope you think this is worth considering.
Have a blessed day,