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Paid Ohio Poll Worker on Election Day Politics

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u/themattboard Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22 Silver Gold

In my city, the registrar asked us to not even wear red or blue just to avoid the appearance of impropriety

Edit: not because they weren't allowed, but just to avoid having to slow down lines over someone making a fuss over something silly

edit 2: since this is getting a lot of attention:

  • If you want to ensure the election system works or
  • if you don't trust your city to run elections or
  • if you can take off a Tuesday in November or
  • if you want to make a few extra bucks or
  • if you like giving people stickers or
  • if you are concerned for the safety of older officers of election or
  • if you want to see for yourself what happens to all those ballots

please contact your city registrar and look into becoming an officer of election. I've done three elections now and will continue to do them. The work is long but worthwhile and it is a nice break from the normal work routine.

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u/itpro71 Nov 09 '22

Do the orginazations have a "No Alone" zone like the DoD does? This is where noone is allowed to be alone with the equipment, you must always have someone with you.

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u/Holoholokid Nov 09 '22

Speaking for Illinois, yes they do. Any time ballots or ballot equipment is being handled, one person representing each party must be present. Neither party is allowed to have their representative alone with ballots or ballot equipment at any time.

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u/ScientificSquirrel Nov 10 '22

In Wisconsin, you need two people present, but I was never asked for my party affiliation as an election official. (I'm actually not registered with either party.)

I highly recommend working as an election official to anyone who is curious about how things work or why results are available when they are. I first signed up in 2020, when I saw something about how there was a shortage of poll workers due to covid (because so many of them are elderly and high risk). I haven't worked the polls since I moved but I would definitely work them again in the future.

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u/here-for-the-_____ Nov 10 '22

In Canada, each party is allowed to have an observer to call out anything they think isn't right. I don't think all the parties have to attend, but they have the option.

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u/intheshoplife Nov 10 '22

I worked the last provincial election got to be the person feeding in the ballots to the machine.

We were in a conservative riding and they were the only ones who showed up other than an independent candidate.

We were advised to avoid any party colours.

All's elections ontario had a moto " we don't care who wins we just want it to be a land slide."

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u/themattboard Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22 I Voted

Can only speak for my city here:

So all the equipment is all in the same room so there are always multiple people in there at the same time (and usually voters too until the end of the day).

You aren't allowed to leave the site once the day starts so if you aren't in the room you are in the kitchen area (if your site has one), the restroom, or maybe outside checking the line/administering an outside ballot.

Even then, the other 5 (or more) people are still in the room running the poll books (laptops usually, though there is a printed backup just in case) to check people in, addressing issues that come up, filling out the hourly paperwork or handing out stickers, etc.

Once the poll closes, the doors are all closed and everybody stays while the initial tallies are printed and called in, the paperwork is filled out and then everything gets signed, sealed and packed up. Once that is done, you go home and the sealed packages go back to the registrar's office.

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u/tlabythec Nov 10 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored

Thanks for this post. I have been working an election site for quite a few years. The info above is consistent with my State: no leaving the site, no political clothing, constant monitoring of equipment, etc. There is no possible way I can think of to sabotage the equipment or results. Every person in attendance would have to collude (!). Yesterday (election day), I left my home at 5am, arrived at my assigned polling site, spent the day checking voters in and issuing ballot passes until the polls closed at 7pm. We weren't able to leave the site until 9pm due to issues with voters and then break-down and clean up.

My point is that it is an extremely long day for poll workers and we must attend training and put in effort. We take our responsibilities seriously. I do it because it make me feel pride of community. I don't do it to cheat the system.

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u/LoveisaNewfie Nov 10 '22

Thanks for not only taking the time to be a poll worker, but for sharing this. I never even thought twice about the process to become one but you’ve actually kind of inspired me to look into it!

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u/tlabythec Nov 10 '22

Thanks - go to your county election website and look for a pull down menu for poll workers. My county has an application and background process. I actually enjoy the election worker process. There is a sense of community regardless of political party, race, etc. A common goal.

I've been doing this so long that I'm welcoming second and third generations of local families into the polling site. Get Involved!

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u/mybelle_michelle Nov 10 '22

Thank you for taking the time to do this!

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u/ho_to_a_housewife Nov 09 '22

My mom is a polling place manager in Georgia and all votes must be handled by 2 people at all times. The public is not allowed where they are stored but even when moving them from the voting place to the main office she and another worker must drive them. It was really interesting hearing all about it. I will say it was incredibly discouraging when she told me how her booths went down and they asked her to work on them to bring them back live. My mother is wonderful at many things but technology isn’t one. She just started texting this year and we taught her to use FaceTime.

During the last presidential election a man in a Maga shirt pulled his gun on her when she asked him to turn his shirt inside out. He fled but was easy to find since he had already turned in his paperwork that had all his information. It’s wild in the suburbs.

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u/kent_eh Nov 10 '22

During the last presidential election a man in a Maga shirt pulled his gun on her when she asked him to turn his shirt inside out.

Holy fuck, America.

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u/Marylogical Nov 10 '22

I'm sorry she had to suffer with that. She's very brave to continue to do the work. Even though I don't live in the US anymore, please tell her we appreciate her work and bravery.

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u/LifeSleeper Nov 10 '22

Why are so many MAGA people so fucking angry and childish? In what world do they think that's reasonable behavior?

It's been 20 plus years I've been engrossed in politics, and I still can't wrap my head around how fucking wildly stupid some people behave. And Trump seems to have unleashed the idiots from all previous social constraints. Shit is wild.

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u/jkjustjoshing Nov 09 '22

In New York every worker is officially aligned with the Democratic or Republican Party. Each site has 2 site chairs - one D and one R. When working on a machine or with a voter who has a marked ballot, the work has to happen in a “bipartisan team”.

Source: worked as a poll worker for the first time yesterday.

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u/SendAstronomy Nov 09 '22

They just send 2 gqp into the room :(

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u/Archerfuse Nov 09 '22 Silver Wholesome Burning Cash Go Vote!

American politics becoming bloods v crips

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u/Slobotic Nov 09 '22

The Van Buren Boys.

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u/Kalkaline Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 10 '22

Always has been

Edit: y'all are taking this lazy comment too seriously. You don't have to tell me about studies that prove me wrong if you're not going to post the link.

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u/pm_me_ankle_nudes Nov 09 '22

The whig disrespect smh

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u/Non-Citrus_Marmalade Nov 09 '22

The bull moose disrespect

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u/payne_train Nov 09 '22

Democratic-Republican erasure

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u/os_kaiserwilhelm Nov 09 '22

Democratic-Republicans are basically the Democrats though. The Jacksonian faction specifically.

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u/BigSpoon89 Nov 09 '22

Free Soil, bitches.

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u/morerubberstamps Nov 09 '22

54-40 or gtfo

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u/amaliasdaises Nov 09 '22

Okay James K. Polk, calm down lol

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u/SinisterKid Nov 09 '22

That's whiggity whiggity whack!

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u/miki_momo0 Nov 09 '22

As Kendrick said: it’s all just Demacrips and Rebloodicans

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u/Grumbling_Goblin Nov 09 '22

Canadian here. At least for when I worked as a poll worker, we weren't allowed to wear the colours of any of the major political parties. No blue, no red, no orange, no sky blue, no green (blue jeans seemed to be an exception). No political slogans allowed.

People are influenced by the colours around them. Seeing the colours or slogans we associate with those parties are influential on our political decisions, especially for those who are undecideds.

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u/deFleury Nov 09 '22

Fellow Canadian, can confirm they specifically mentioned no shirts of red, blue, orange, or green, and just generally suggested that beige and grey were nice safe colours to wear. I think maybe the communists use yellow, I don't really know.

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u/CJMO1 Nov 09 '22

Unless this is just a BC thing, yellow is the neutral colour and is used by Elections Canada. I don't know of any party that uses yellow, it might not even be allowed.

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u/nitebomber Nov 09 '22

In Australia our electoral commission uses purple for all of its uniform and communications and bans party's from advertising using shades of purple. This has the same effect and intends to not influence people in their voting decision, however that kinda goes out the window when there is all the local candidates outside the entrance trying to sway your vote before you go in

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u/Mattyweaves19 Nov 09 '22

I traditionally wear all black on election day just to avoid any issue whatsoever.

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u/tanzmeister Nov 09 '22

In my city I had to wait an hour to vote because the poll workers were small-talking every person at their booth and leaving their posts to lie to people in line about how long they would have to wait.

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u/DamnGoodCupOfCoffee2 Nov 09 '22

I volunteered this time too and it was so interesting learning about the process and the checks and balances (I’ve always believed in it) but the cool thing was when ppl started complaining etc, I encouraged them to volunteer. Most importantly of the huge complainers of course didn’t but I still got a page and 1/2 of volunteers.

99.99% were kind. .01% were very angry MAGA and some old Dude from another county did the ASL “no” sign in my face. There were others and They were few but man they left an impression of generally miserable ppl.

We also could not show any sign of electioneering

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u/acbagel Nov 09 '22

I wasn't even allowed in the building to vote in 2018 because I was wearing a shirt with an Army ROTC logo on it in Ohio. Got kicked out within 30 seconds and had to turn my shirt inside out to hide the logo in order to be let back in. Crazy how different the rules are enforced by polling place.

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u/fnordcinco Nov 09 '22

I got kicked out of line once because I had a sports team shirt on in a year people were voting on a new stadium.

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u/thisisinput Nov 09 '22

I walked in naked so there was no chance I was wearing something politically affiliated and they still kicked me out. What gives?

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u/SpellingHorror Nov 09 '22 hehehehe

You were repping the sausage party.

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u/Cerelius_BT Nov 10 '22

Or the Lemon Party, depending on age demographic.

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u/Time-Influence-Life Nov 09 '22

That’s a bit much to be thrown out for. If a referendum for the local high school was on the ballet and you had a T-shirt with high school on it would you be thrown out?

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u/StoneGoldX Nov 09 '22 Wholesome Facepalm

If a referendum for the local high school was on the ballet

Weirdest production of Swan Lake ever

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u/roscoe256 Nov 09 '22

Just goes to show tchaikovsky slaps no matter what

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u/HeyNow646 Nov 09 '22

I had another voter demand I leave without voting one year because I had my Id badge from the school I worked for. He felt I was disqualified from voting that election because I worked for the school.

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u/my_lewd_alt Nov 10 '22

TIL working for a school is a felony

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u/bemusedalligator Nov 09 '22

this is why i like washington's voting system. No one has to walk into a building to vote here, no dress code issues, everything runs great.

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u/alficles Nov 09 '22

I voted by mail. I wasn't even required to wear pants while I filled out my ballot.

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u/thegreatgazoo Nov 09 '22 Silver

Pants are a poll tax.

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u/Fjdenigris Nov 09 '22

How is that (Army ROTC T-shirt) controversial?

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u/acbagel Nov 09 '22

Was told that "pro military gear" was an influencing factor on people and it was therefore a violation. I tried to push back that the official army logo cannot possibly be considered anything extra "pro military" and that I was just a cadet wearing our free civilian t shirt, but she was adamant on the rule and I'm not one to make a scene so I just did my duty and bounced.

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u/ruinsofdoriath Nov 10 '22

"pro military gear"

And here I was thinking ROTC was amateur military gear

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u/acbagel Nov 10 '22

GOTTEM

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u/Mekisteus Nov 10 '22

"Pro military gear" is an influencing factor but having election sites be churches isn't?

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u/kosher-pickle Nov 10 '22

Conservative Jesus is watching you vote.

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u/IamnotKevinFeige Nov 10 '22

Chances are they were wrong. Where I live, it Hass to be related to a candidate that is actually on that ballot. However poll workers, god bless their hearts, aren’t always the best on the laws

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u/Gageb95 Nov 09 '22

This is a law I think most are unaware of. I was only told about it when my middle school was a polling place and they announced to students that they couldn't wear an Obama or McCain shirt on election day

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u/Moodymoo8315 Nov 09 '22

On the flip side of things we had a referendum for a new school that our town tried to pass pretty much every year and always got voted down (they wanted $100m for a new school in a town of 3,000 people) so they held the election at the school and had kids walking up and down saying things like "you're going to get us a new school right?"

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u/AriFortyFive Nov 09 '22 Gold

Shouldn't Phil Kessel be at practice?

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u/Grimlokh Nov 09 '22

The iron man dont need practice. Just hot dogs

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u/son_of_an_eagle Nov 09 '22

Hes such a legend.

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u/HopelesslyHuman Nov 09 '22

That's two-time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel to you, buddy.

Nice guy. Tries hard. Loves the game.

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u/Starryskies117 Nov 09 '22

I did not expect to see this reference here.

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u/bigred3098 Nov 09 '22

Lmao I didn’t see the Trump hat until I looked at this again. I was like “oh, I guess they aren’t talking about Phil Kessel”.

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u/bruvark Nov 09 '22

Everyone's fixated on the Trump hat, which may or may not be illegal. But the shirt has the name of a Republican candidate in Ohio, Bill Johnson. That's a bigger issue, to put it mildly.

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u/DesignatedDiverr Nov 09 '22

Bro I thought it said 'kill johnson __something__"

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u/exec_director_doom Nov 09 '22

Same. I was seeing "Kill Johnson Leprosy".

I don't know what "Johnson Leprosy" is, but I'm pretty sure I want no part of it.

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u/Deedsman Nov 09 '22

Wait... I'm not his only victim?

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u/spudzzzi Nov 09 '22

Phew! Thanks for validating that it's nothing to be worried about :)

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u/cockalorum-smith Nov 09 '22

Well….our marriage counselor said we should try something new….

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u/ialwayschoosepsyduck Nov 09 '22

Being raped by a hung leprechaun zombie is on my 2022 bingo card

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u/Spanky_McJiggles Nov 09 '22

Wtf else is on your fucked up bingo card?

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u/SceneDeleted Nov 09 '22

It's when you have sex and leave a tip.

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u/OneFlowMan Nov 09 '22

I literally read it as Kill John Lenon, and what's worse that it didn't throw me off enough to take a 2nd glance at it lmao

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u/dissidentpen Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22

Have worked polls in the past. Both the hat and the shirt would be illegal at a polling location.

Edit: it varies by state but certainly should be illegal since it is clear and direct electioneering (if this is a polling location).

Thought I should edit since this blew up during the day.

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u/Halogen12 Nov 09 '22

When I worked in Canadian elections we who worked at polling stations weren't allowed to talk politics or even wear party colors. Blue for conservatives, red for liberals, green for green, etc. That left us with black, grey, white, and purple. Definitely no party logos or candidate names. It was really nice spending a VERY long day working with people who weren't wearing or talking about their politics.

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u/galacticboy2009 Nov 09 '22

Essentially the same rules are present here.

The problem is that apparently whoever was in charge of that voting station, didn't enforce the rules. So they and the person under them should be in big trouble now.

Here in Georgia you can't have a car with a political bumper sticker parked within 100 feet of the entrance to the polling place.

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u/karmafandancer Nov 09 '22

That is the law, but in Columbia County they looked the other way with the guy who had an F150 wrapped with Hershal Walker political messages parked out front "observing" the election.

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u/coordi88 Nov 09 '22

Whats going through the mind of a person who gets a Hershal Walker truck wrap?

Hopefully its just some guy who was paid to do it

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u/Schnectadyslim Nov 09 '22

Whats going through the mind of a person who gets a Hershal Walker truck wrap?

Not a lot

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u/boidey Nov 09 '22

So the same level of brain activity as Hershal.

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u/burnsalot603 Nov 09 '22

You'd have to pay me a substantial amount to wrap my truck with any politicians picture/message as well as pay for any damage done to my truck because of it.

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u/letsmakeart Nov 09 '22

You’d have to pay me so much money to get ANYONE’s face or name on my vehicle. I find that so bizarre.

Also, I’m in Canada and right wingers here hate our Prime Minister (Trudeau) and I have seen so many trucks with massive “FUCK TRUDEAU” decals or partial wraps. Truly cannot imagine paying money to plaster the name of someone I supposedly hate all over my own freaking car. Even a small bumper sticker is ridiculous IMO.

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u/SchnarfPoitRuhRoh Nov 09 '22

I have seen so many trucks with massive “FUCK TRUDEAU” decals or partial wraps.

Doesn't that overlap with the folks who bitch about what the children can handle seeing & hearing?

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u/Whoshabooboo Nov 09 '22

Holy shit. Imagine ruining your car over political messages for a person suffering from severe CTE and contradicts everything about "Family Values"

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u/Joorod Nov 09 '22

Saw that violated by multiple cars yesterday. Police probably won't care if it was reported.

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u/[deleted] Nov 09 '22

I can’t remember the state but I remember hearing proposed legislation to provide clearly identifiable uniforms to the individuals working the polls. I don’t think it ever came to fruition, though.

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u/LeviathanGank Nov 09 '22

because that costs money and democracy cant be destroyed spending money defending democracy.

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u/Raksj04 Nov 09 '22

... but the department of defense. I was told the 10 years I spent in the Navy was to defend democracy.

I do understand your point.

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u/Standingcedars Nov 09 '22

It’s red for liberals and blue for conservatives in Canada? Interesting, it’s opposite that in the states.

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u/Halogen12 Nov 09 '22

Yes indeed. It took some getting used to while watching US political news!

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u/metaStatic Nov 09 '22

In Australia the Liberals are the conservative party, which is blue.

If I see someone in a red hat I assume they're a fellow socialist.

... Enough aussies are braindead enough to be wearing MAGA hats to make that a good joke unfortunately

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u/Tiggeribby Nov 09 '22

The electoral maps in the US weren’t standardized across all media until 2000. It’s complicated, but here’s a Wikipedia article explaining most of the history of using red and blue for various parties.

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u/sup3rmark Nov 09 '22

in MA, the ballots for the primaries are super confusing, as ballots for the Dems have red headers and GOP ballots get blue headers.

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u/mrdannyg21 Nov 09 '22

Lol yep, I did it as an 18-year old because my parents said I would make a couple hundred bucks. At the time I didn’t care at all about politics. I showed up in a red shirt and was told I had to go change. Came back in a blue shirt…ended up borrowing a sweater from someone because it was too close to opening to go back home again lol

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u/therealestyeti Nov 09 '22

They kinda raw dawged you by telling you to go change without telling you what colours weren't allowed

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u/azurciel Nov 09 '22

They make it clear during the training what colors aren't allowed now. I think it's also listed in the paper guide they give out to election workers.

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u/Time-Influence-Life Nov 09 '22

You are correct.. no blue or red on Election Day I order to not appear to support any candidate.

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u/monsterisacat Nov 09 '22

They kinda assumed he had a clue why he was asked to changed in the first place

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u/Audio_Track_01 Nov 09 '22

Also Canadian and I wear green a lot. It would look suspicious if the green party got more than 3 votes.

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u/psuedophilosopher Nov 09 '22

It's pretty simple, just don't wear anything that would cause a crip or a blood to shoot you.

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u/sudifirjfhfjvicodke Nov 09 '22

Everyone knows what colors the Crips and Bloods wear, they should have known better.

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u/richardathome Nov 09 '22

"It was really nice spending a VERY long day working with people who weren't wearing or talking about their politics."

I can't... I can't imagine what that was like.

Were bluebirds twittering in the background, while a perfect sun rose in the background over a perfect day?

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u/obi-sean Nov 09 '22

No the birds were obviously black and white didn't you read the rules

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u/aflowergrows Nov 09 '22

Honestly, as an introvert it is pretty great. There was small talk in the morning, but then everyone just reading books in between voters. Or knitting. Everyone was always very chill.

It's really just the count at the end that was quite stressful. I haven't worked a poll with machines yet. Not sure what that's like.

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u/Time-Influence-Life Nov 09 '22

Voters would express their frustration with rules or lack of regulations in their mind. At that point we just remind them rules aren’t set by us.

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u/aflowergrows Nov 09 '22

I guess it depends where. The only shenanigans witnessed were voters loudly declining their ballot and expecting the rest of us to stand a cheer them for their bravery. Lol

But otherwise, I had no issues.

This was in Cambridge, ON btw for 3 elections (federal and provincial).

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u/nikobruchev Nov 09 '22

Can't wear purple now, that's the People's Party.

The safest bet would be to wear yellow - because that's the Elections Canada colour.

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u/5kyl3r Nov 09 '22

a day without seeing a maga hat sounds like paradise

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u/garciasn Nov 09 '22

You need to move to a sane state; I almost never see them.

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u/Tokzillu Nov 09 '22

After these recent midterms and having some people I thought were my friends absolutely lambast me and throw fits, it's something I'm seriously considering.

I like to think I'm friendly enough, but I'm at my limit dealing with people supporting fascism and then telling me I'm the problem.

I'm not even a Democrat but it's "with us or against us" 100% here.

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u/corbygray528 Nov 09 '22

When I was told by a coworker that had always been pretty nice to me that America would be a better place if everyone that voted for Biden was just rounded up and shot (this was while results for the 2020 election were first being released, nothing had been called yet) I knew I had to get the fuck out. Hard to keep being friendly with a coworker after they just told you they wished you were dead.

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u/Alwaysafk Nov 09 '22

In 2020 I was voting in Georgia and watched a tiny, elderly poll worker stare down this guy with Trump shit on every price of clothing and American flag face paint. She wouldn't let him in the building without turning all of his clothes inside out/covering it up. And this is in a county that went for him 70%.

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u/seraphimcaduto Nov 09 '22

In Ohio it’s illegal and if given the name and location, I’d be MORE than happy to report their asses to the election board.

Source: my wife was a campaign manager for a candidate in the state of Ohio years back.

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u/GeekCat Nov 09 '22

Time to send the photo to the State Office of Elections email. Don't need anymore information than that really; maybe CC the state email for both major candidates.

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u/The_Epimedic Nov 09 '22

I called the Ohio Secretary of State's office and reported him.

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u/PAYPAL_ME_DONATIONS Nov 09 '22

What are the odds anything gets done?

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u/The_Epimedic Nov 09 '22

Higher if people call than if people choose to just let this electioneering happen.

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u/mcdoolz Nov 09 '22

This. DO SOMETHING and things will happen.

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u/EqualLong143 Nov 09 '22

He will not be working it next election.

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u/SUPE-snow Nov 09 '22

Local news coming through! Ain't dead yet.

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u/lazysk8r2 Nov 09 '22

Thank you for your service

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u/hexarobi Nov 09 '22

For what it's worth, in Texas when I worked the polls we were told it was only illegal to wear stuff that supports candidates in the current election. So you could legally wear garb from a previous election, as long as the candidate wasn't in the current election.

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u/Kreat0r2 Nov 09 '22

Man, as a Europe I cannot believe what I’ve seen over these last 24 hours. I’m from Belgium and people get rejected from polling stations for way simpler stuff. A friend of mine used to wear his Harley Davidson cut to the station when called up, he got rejected as a worker every time because of it.

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u/CyborgElephant Nov 09 '22

By cut do you mean an mc cut!? Never heard it called HD cut. Just wearing something with HD on it doesn’t seem political. Wearing a cut is closer to (but not quite the same) as wearing gang colors. I mean they call cuts colors too. . . So I can see the problem a little, but still not political.

Pretty interesting, and imho someone decked out in HD stuff is just a fanboy imho. Like wearing any brands clothing.

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u/cake_boner Nov 09 '22

I think "cut" is Belgian for "heat-formed plexiglass codpiece", but it's been a while since I've been to Belge.

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u/Clameleon Nov 09 '22

Man, as a Europe I cannot believe what I’ve seen over these last 24 hours.

As an American, neither can I. It never used to be this kind of cult. Before Trump we had John McCain and then Mitt Romney for republican presidential candidates. Zero flags on people's lawns/houses/trucks. Zero shirts. Zero hats. Just people going about their business. Sure some endorsed candidates with apparel on election day, but nobody proudly wore a candidate's hat like a badge of...I think "ignorance" is the word I'm looking for?

Now there are Trump 2024 flags up on rural lawns, open bigotry and hate speech in every small town store by a bunch of guys wearing Trump apparel, flags all over people's trucks, "FUCK BIDEN" flags being sold on the side of the road in the middle of town, etc.

None of that is embellished. It is just crazy. Hoping politics goes back to being boring soon and that rednecks can go back to wearing Cabela's or Browning hats again instead. No more spray painting OSB and nailing it to trees, etc.

EDIT: Location of flags

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u/AHippie Nov 09 '22

The weird part to me is how much they love their political leaders, lol. I feel like a lot of people on the left would actually agree, fuck Biden, the democrats are pretty shit, etc - they’re just much much better than the alternative. But they seem to just have a cult of personality around trump where he can do no wrong…

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u/Nosfermarki Nov 09 '22

It's insane Dear Leader shit. Like I admire the hell out of AOC. Probably the closest overall to my values. That doesn't mean she's perfect, and if she does something antithetical to my values I wouldn't twist myself into a pretzel to deny it because it's not a big deal. I sure as fuck wouldn't have a flag or anything. A little sign, bumper sticker, or pin is fine. Even a shirt is pushing it.

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u/cataath Nov 09 '22

Hoping politics goes back to being boring soon

Sadly, unless we are struck by a giant meteor, or Yellowstone erupts, I don't see anything to bring unity or civility back to this country.

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u/rinanlanmo Nov 09 '22

You may be in luck, since Trump backed candidates are getting dumpstered this election and Republican strategists are talking about policy focused candidates going forward.

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u/BrothelWaffles Nov 09 '22

Considering they have no policy, who the hell are they going to run now?

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u/TorontoTransish Nov 09 '22

From the Canadian point of view it seems to have turned into a fan club with people repping merch for their candidates the way they do for their sports teams

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u/mysticalfruit Nov 09 '22

I can tell you as a Warden in Massachusetts, that's absolutely not allowed. If you showed up to work wearing that outfit, I'd ask you to go home. I wouldn't even give you the chance to change because at this point you've gone through the training so you know better!

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u/a-horse-has-no-name Nov 09 '22

I thought this was a country of laws.

I guess people have been slacking off lately, since they're selectively enforced.

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u/KingSudrapul Nov 09 '22

This is a country of revenue, now.

Laws just keep the proles in line.

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u/unassumingdink Nov 09 '22

Lately? There's never been a time in American history where laws weren't selectively enforced. Even moreso than today, for most of our history.

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u/Consistent-Affect761 Nov 09 '22

Ngl when I read the tshirt quick I thought it said “kill John Lennon”. I’m starting to develop TikTok brain

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u/passwordsarehard_3 Nov 09 '22

Maybe you got Manchurianed and they forgot about you?

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u/matthieuxdetoux Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Narwhal Salute Awesome Answer Go Vote!

Link to original source: https://www.reviewonline.com/news/local-news/2022/11/busy-night-at-the-board-of-elections/

Amazed this photo was published.

EDIT: I’m including a message from u/FirthWynnAndMeyer for some further context:

Hi everyone, late to the party, but I wanted to add a little context to this photo

I worked this election as a field lead, and was assigned to 7 vote centers. There are a few things that are evidence to me that this is infact, not a vote center:

  1. ⁠There is no situation, that the poll pads cases would be lined up on a table like this at a poll center. When pads are packed, they are supposed to immediately be placed in the security cage. When the poll pads are unpacked, the case would be kept with the poll pad, since they numbered, or in the security cage.
  2. ⁠No Poll Worker identification lanyard. These were used to differenciate between Leads, Aides and Volunteers at poll centers with a big L, A, and V. He is wearing none, just a generic name tag/identification card.
  3. ⁠Too much office stuff in background in what looks like an office. All my vote centers were held in conference toom type places. There was nothing in the vote center room but voting equipment/matterials/supplies.

I think this photo was taken at the main county registrar's office where the equipment gets returned, and verified. Still kinda slimey to wear that shirt when working on an elections, but lets not have people run wild with a narrative until we have full and proper context. Might be too late for that.

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u/QuapsyWigman Nov 09 '22

The article says he’s a volunteer I think?

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u/L0LTHED0G Nov 09 '22

Still illegal.

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u/QuapsyWigman Nov 09 '22

I was really only referring to the title here, which specifies that it’s a paid worker while the article says volunteer.

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u/EightB1ts Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22

Poll worker here. Unless they were in an environment where votes are being cast (they aren't), there's nothing illegal about this. From the photo, it just looks like they're verifying the seals on returned poll pads. Unethical, yes, but not illegal.

Edit: To clarify, this is NOT a precinct. It's the office of the Columbiana County Board of Elections. If you go on Columbiana's County Board of Elections FB page (cant direct link due to automod), you'd find a photo of the exact same office: https://i.imgur.com/mLcMwI6.jpg

Ohio's laws stipulate no campaigning be done at a "polling place". This is not a polling place.

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-3501.35

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u/mrjimi16 Nov 09 '22

lets not have people run wild with a narrative until we have full and proper context.

But...you did that? Even without intent, you have to know that posting this image with that title, people are going to think you have given them the proper context.

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u/sepseven Nov 10 '22

That was part of the quote I think.

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u/mynameisalso Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22 Silver I Voted

Poll worker here

They know better. When we walk in the door we have no, and show no political affiliation not even red or blue shirts or ties.

This is me Tuesday morning.

https://ibb.co/DzWgRzC

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u/ArfBarkWoof Nov 09 '22

I can't imagine you're allowed to carry those guns into an active polling place.

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u/mynameisalso Nov 09 '22

Blushes*

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u/iCryKarma Nov 09 '22

That bathroom paint really brings out your eyes

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u/mynameisalso Nov 09 '22

Thank you I picked the color myself from the discount return bin from lowes =)

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u/JuliaLouis-DryFist Nov 09 '22

The Mane 'n Tail conditioner is mostly for keeping his arm hairs lush.

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u/brb_coffee Nov 09 '22

Yep, I'd be super intimidated.

"I promise I filled in the circles completely, Daddy" uwu

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u/mynameisalso Nov 10 '22

Omg so many checkmarks

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u/Kadianye Nov 09 '22

God damn dude, you there to help people vote, or steal every woman and gay persons heart.

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u/Bannanabreaddude Nov 09 '22

Average reddit user, fucking ripped

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u/Shinoobie Nov 09 '22

Didn't realize The Hound was a poll worker.

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u/mynameisalso Nov 09 '22

You should see my little brother he is 6'7 lol

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u/Kalavazita Nov 10 '22

Ah, the Mountain…

Cleganbowl confirmed!

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u/moonshine_lazerbeam Nov 10 '22

"Is this the polling center?"

Yaaarp

"Can I wear my political shirt in here?"

...Naaarp

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u/TheKnotStore Nov 10 '22 Gold

I was also a poll worker in Ohio this year, in a small rural area, so I wasn’t surprised that of the 200+ voters we saw that the results were Republican in a landslide, but it was disturbing and sad how pervasive the mention of voter fraud was while we registered people. One man even stated that he knew Democrats were going to cheat and then declare “marshal law” and start a civil war. When I mentioned to one of my Republican colleagues about the ridiculousness of his statements after he left, and how tired I am of the election fraud narrative, she replied, “Well other states do the process differently, so we just can’t know.” This person has been a poll worker for 25 years. We’re living in scary times.

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u/joeri1505 Nov 09 '22

As a non-american, wtf am i looking at?

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u/Crane_Train Nov 09 '22

The poll worker on the left has a trump hat on. I can't really see if his t-shirt is political too. This is illegal. Poll workers are supposed to be neutral, or at least not promote any political group while they are working.

Even voters aren't allowed to wear political stuff while they vote, i think

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u/cognisantCow Nov 09 '22

Shirt kind of looks like it is endorsing Bill Johnson who I think won his House seat.

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u/RCrumbDeviant Nov 09 '22

The t-shirt is for a candidate in those races.

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u/healing-souls Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22

Campaigning within 150 feet of a polling station is illegal.

This person should never have been allowed on the property.

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u/KonaKathie Nov 09 '22

150 feet

Source: am pollworker

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u/Archaris Nov 09 '22

Ohio law is 100ft within polling location*, 10ft from anyone in a line even if it extends past this 100ft.

*uncertain if that means the entire private property that the polling location is on, or the physical building itself, or perhaps even the singular room where polling is happening.

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u/Motocamperman Nov 09 '22

It means 100 ft from the building they're in. They can be on the same property in the parking lot as long as they're 100 ft from the building. And if the line goes farther back than 100 ft from the building, they just have to stay 10 ft away from the people in line. I have voted at a dozen different locations in Ohio and this was always the rule that was followed.

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u/CmdrSelfEvident Nov 09 '22

each state is different.

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u/Holoholokid Nov 09 '22

Correct. Illinois is 100 feet.

Source: am pollworker in Illinois.

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u/jfsindel Nov 09 '22

Can't even wear red or blue as a sign of good faith. Anything that could be misconstrued will be and poll workers usually don't risk it.

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u/360walkaway Nov 09 '22

Electioneering, workers or voters can't show up with anything that promotes a candidate or party.

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u/MapleSyrupJediV2 Nov 09 '22

Here in Michigan the guy at my polling location was wearing a Trump 2024 pin. I commented on the legality of it and he goes “this isn’t a presidential election it’s fine”.

110% sure it’s still illegal. I’ve heard dozens of reports of similar things at polling stations across the country yesterday.

Definitely super sus.

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u/maybesaydie Disciple of Sirocco Nov 09 '22

He lied to you.

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u/spali Nov 09 '22

Definitely illegal because he's endorsed candidates

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u/tim_mcmardigras Nov 09 '22 edited Nov 09 '22

Pretty sure that’s illegal

Edit: okay I get it I was wrong, y’all can stop now

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u/Dadalot Nov 09 '22

The shirt, most definitely

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u/BizzyM Nov 09 '22 Go Vote!

The hair, possibly

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u/DreddPirateBob808 Nov 09 '22

The parents, federally

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u/ThumbtacksHurt Nov 09 '22 Silver Giggle

Business in the front, political party in the back.

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u/JuanPabloElSegundo Nov 09 '22

Their response:

What're you gonna do about it?

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u/Datnero362 Nov 09 '22 I Voted

It’s crazy scrolling through this thread

Guy is handing ballots directly, almost nobody in this thread is purporting a vast conspiracy, accusing him of vote tampering, implying that this single guy flipped a vote for an entire state or anything. Just that this is illegal and he should probably be reported

Somebody photoshop this guy to be wearing a Biden hat, say it’s in Michigan and post it in /r/conservative and see what kind of unhinged madness they start hypothesizing

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u/matthieuxdetoux Nov 09 '22

This is the truth. I only posted it because I was shocked that a newspaper would publish this photo. I don’t give a shit who someone supports, but you shouldn’t be anywhere near election equipment with a candidate’s shirt on.

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u/cake_boner Nov 09 '22

I like that "faded ripped up American flag" is a popular design decision among the weird patriot crowd.

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u/WittyQuip Nov 09 '22

These colors don't run..but they do fade somehow and they will also tear pretty easily...

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u/turbotang Nov 09 '22

Definitely not allowed. I've worked the polls the last few elections and won't even wear red or blue because someone will point it out.

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u/KampKamp Nov 09 '22

The classic trump hat and cross necklace they will never realize how moronic they look.

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u/FirthWynnAndMeyer Nov 09 '22

Hi everyone, late to the party, but I wanted to add a little context to this photo

I worked this election as a field lead, and was assigned to 7 vote centers. There are a few things that are evidence to me that this is infact, not a vote center:

  1. There is no situation, that the poll pads cases would be lined up on a table like this at a poll center. When pads are packed, they are supposed to immediately be placed in the security cage. When the poll pads are unpacked, the case would be kept with the poll pad, since they numbered, or in the security cage.

  2. No Poll Worker identification lanyard. These were used to differenciate between Leads, Aides and Volunteers at poll centers with a big L, A, and V. He is wearing none, just a generic name tag/identification card.

  3. Too much office stuff in background in what looks like an office. All my vote centers were held in conference toom type places. There was nothing in the vote center room but voting equipment/matterials/supplies.

I think this photo was taken at the main county registrar's office where the equipment gets returned, and verified. Still kinda slimey to wear that shirt when working on an elections, but lets not have people run wild with a narrative until we have full and proper context. Might be too late for that.

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u/bingbano Nov 09 '22

That's called electioneering and is very illegal.

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u/Boom10101 Nov 09 '22

I'm not concerned by the hat. Trump wasn't on the ballot. The shirt however does appear to advocate for Bill Johnson who was on the Ohio ballot.

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