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Some ideas to make voting process more efficient

9:31 PM, Apr. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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In regard to same-day registration for voters, the main issue I saw at the last presidential election was the main table. I understand that these are volunteers who put in a very long day, and I am appreciative that there are people willing to do this on a regular basis. However, one of the workers was hard of hearing and you had to repeat your name and address two to three times. What page are you on? What's the name again? What'd she say? This was a big hold-up.

A few of us came up with some ideas as we were observing this entire process:

? Have a book when you walk into the polling place that you can find your own name. A volunteer could witness and hand out those numbered tags that could be taken up to the table and turned in. Book 1 would still be verified with Book 2.

? How about some high school or college students who could assist for a few hours? Political science or current events classes come to mind.

? Voter ID. The first-time voters were handled very efficiently. A registered voter should not have to wait over an hour to vote.

Michele Staszak

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