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Old 11-02-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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A volunteer where I went to vote today in my neighborhood verified my name and address with their records, and then checked my party status on the form. . . . . without asking me. When I questioned their actions, and told them that they checked the wrong box, they were shocked, I mean, the look on their face and the tone of their voice said it all. They weren't very happy to learn of my true affiliation. Aren't volunteers at the polls supposed to ask you for this information outright, or at least confirm whatever information they may already have on file which indicates your party before giving you a ballot? Better yet, how could she suppose to know my affiliation by just looking at me?
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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A volunteer where I went to vote today in my neighborhood verified my name and address with their records, and then checked my party status on the form. . . . . without asking me. When I questioned their actions, and told them that they checked the wrong box, they were shocked, I mean, the look on their face and the tone of their voice said it all. They weren't very happy to learn of my true affiliation. Aren't volunteers at the polls supposed to ask you for this information outright, or at least confirm whatever information they may already have on file which indicates your party before giving you a ballot? Better yet, how could she suppose to know my affiliation by just looking at me?
Huh? I'm not sure I understand what happened. And how does party affiliation matter for the general election?
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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I've never had my party affiliation checked for a general election.

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... they were shocked, I mean, the look on their face and the tone of their voice said it all. They weren't very happy to learn of my true affiliation...
Maybe you just got a VERY emotive volunteer.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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Your party status is on your record, they don't guess or ask. Maybe they were horribly embarrassed that they made a mistake at something important (important meaning elections). I would be very embarrassed/upset if I messed up someone's ballot.

They don't ask for party affiliation, just name and address.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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A volunteer where I went to vote today in my neighborhood verified my name and address with their records, and then checked my party status on the form. . . . . without asking me. .... Better yet, how could she suppose to know my affiliation by just looking at me?

Not sure, were you wearing red?


Frank
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:20 PM
 
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A volunteer where I went to vote today in my neighborhood verified my name and address with their records, and then checked my party status on the form. . . . . without asking me. When I questioned their actions, and told them that they checked the wrong box, they were shocked, I mean, the look on their face and the tone of their voice said it all. They weren't very happy to learn of my true affiliation. Aren't volunteers at the polls supposed to ask you for this information outright, or at least confirm whatever information they may already have on file which indicates your party before giving you a ballot? Better yet, how could she suppose to know my affiliation by just looking at me?
Is there anything about you that might make them assume incorrectly?
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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I've never been asked for party affiliation in a general election. Only in primaries.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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There is another thread about this. At a general election, a precinct official -- by law -- is supposed to ask you to state your name and address. Nothing more, nothing less. You must reply with your name and address. Nothing more, nothing less. If what you say matches the voter registration, the precinct official is to move you along in the process. Nothing more, nothing less. There should be no mention of party affiliation at a general election.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:18 PM
 
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The voting ballot for today is the same regardless, so I don't see anything but the OP themselves making this a big issue.

Only the OP can change their party affiliation through the board of elections office and the polling place volunteers can not do that by mistake or otherwise.
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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I think he/she just got mixed and thought it was a primary where they DO ask your party affiliation. You called him/her on it and he/she was embarassed. Why would you assume that expression/reaction was because of your party affiliation? Poll workers typically don't care. Most see the job as a civic duty and respect your right to vote your conscience.

Read this thread also to see the post about election worker procedures.
Polling places not checking ID?
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