Bill Dries With A Midday Report On Voting In Shelby County

Bill Dries is at the polling locations in Shelby County and it looks sort of dismal in many places due to inactivity of voters and the continual clearing up the mess of getting ballots right.

How slow is it at some polling places?

At one election day precinct I saw a campaign worker at the 100-foot boundary for campaign activity fast asleep in a lawn chair, his campaign sign dutifully propped up between his knees and his chin.

His chair was to the edge of the driveway and the occasional car driving inches away into the lot was not constant enough to stir him from his sleep.

There are two ways to look at this slumbering figure. The first is to assume he is a paid poll worker – the professional called on by campaigns at the bitter end of a summer campaign in 100-degree heat to get the bare essentials of the job done one more day. The other view is this is a zealous campaign volunteer who has nothing left to give on the last day of the campaign. I’m going with the paid poll worker. What tips me in that direction is he was wearing a hat. Zealous campaign workers rarely approach that level of planning at this point.

Other reports we’ve heard from around the county indicate it is taking a long time to vote in the suburbs not because of the length of the ballot – but because of continuing problems getting the right district races on the ballot in precincts split along city borders. No matter how much the Shelby County Election Commission emphasizes the mechanics, there seems to be a core of election day polling place workers who are not getting the message. This election it is an enormous problem.




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