Election day, November 6 is the day we all go and vote for the future leader of our country, however, do you know exactly how voting works?
Per federal election in America, we have around 2 million poll workers which is almost the same amount as worldwide Walmart employees. Poll workers work an average of 12 hours a day and are usually paid minimum wage. Even students are eligible to become a poll worker if they’re at least 16 years of age at the time of the election and are a high school student with a GPA of at least 2.5 out of 4. Also, there is a high demand for bilingual poll workers as well.
When going to vote, know that the polls open anywhere from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. and close anywhere from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Once the last vote has been cast, the election judge sends the sealed ballot boxes to a central vote counting facility. To make sure the vote counting is fair, certified observers from the political parties or candidates watch the actual counting. If paper ballots were used, election officials read each ballot and add up the number of votes in each race. The election officials open each ballot box, manually count the number of ballots and then run the ballots through a mechanical punch card reader if punch card ballots were used. And computerized ballots can be directly transmitted to the central counting facility or are transported to the facility on removable media, such as hard disks, to be counted.
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) provides much needed funding to states and localities to replace outdated punch cards and lever voting systems with new voting technology. However, in the 2000 election, almost 2 million ballots were disqualified because they were registered multiple votes or none when ran through vote-counting machines.
With election day creeping up quickly, you can always keep up with the big day via your cell phone. Of voters, 88% have some kind of cell phone, and, of those, 27% say that they have used their mobile device to seek out news of politics or the campaign. So, when the big day gets here, be sure to know where to go after you’re registered because 1.9 million citizens did not vote simply because they didn’t know where to go.
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