Welcome! Login | Register
 

This Week Was Raimondo’s Worst Week as Governor and It Has Long Term Implications—This Week Was Raimondo's Worst Week as Governor…

25 New England Fall Getaways—25 New England Fall Getaways

Verdi Named Providence Deputy Chief of Police—Major Thomas Verdi Named Deputy Chief of Police

MINDSETTERS™ Inman III, Araujo, Donnelly: Poverty Level Wages Paid to Adjunct Faculty at URI—Guest MINDSETTERS™ Inman III, Araujo, Donnelly: Poverty Level…

Huestis: Meteors & Other Astronomical Treats—Huestis: Meteors & Other Astronomical Treats

What to Watch For: Bills vs. Patriots—What to Watch For: Bills vs. Patriots

Leonard Moorehead, the Urban Gardener: Asters Star—Leonard Moorehead, the Urban Gardener: Asters Star

Guest MINDSETTER™ Kerrie Johnson: Please Consider Voting for My Dad—Guest MINDSETTER™ Kerrie Johnson: Please Consider Voting for…

Fit For Life: Be The Change You Want To See—Fit For Life: Be The Change You Want…

Redwood Library to Honor Pulitzer Prize Winner Wood—Redwood Library to Honor Pulitzer Prize Winner Wood

 
 

NEW: Jabour to Propose More Training for Elections Workers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 

State Senator Paul Jabour is calling for those who run polling places to receive more thorough training so they can ensure voting is handled exactly as it ought to be.

“Voting is so important, and yet we hire different people to run the polls every year, and give them very little in the way of training or preparation. They need to be given the resources they need to respond swiftly and correctly to all the of the common problems encountered at the polls on Election Day so every voter gets the opportunity to vote in a timely manner,” said Senator Jabour (D-Dist. 5, Providence).

Currently, poll workers are required to attend one training session before Election Day. Senator Jabour envisions a continuing education model of training, under which all election workers are required to attend two sessions each year, even in non-election years. Those who maintain their training would be issued a certificate and would be eligible to work the polls.

Senator Jabour said he doesn’t blame those who work the polls for problems like long lines experienced at some polling places during the recent elections or previous ones. However, the fact that so many have to learn on the job how to deal with the problems they encounter does slow down the process, he said. If they were provided with more comprehensive training, they would have more of the answers at hand and would be able to respond more quickly and confidently, he said.

One of the polls in his District 5, the Providence Water Supply Board, was among the local polling places that experienced extensive waiting times of nearly two hours this Election Day, he said. In another well-publicized situation in a different part of Providence, the Juanita Sanchez polling place had waiting times of three hours for parts of the day.

Senator Jabour said he also may include provisions encouraging municipalities to break up the day into shifts for poll workers, instead of requiring each one to work from before polls open at 7 a.m. to after they close at 8 p.m. The long day may discourage many qualified people from choosing to become poll workers, and exhaustion on the part of those working doesn’t make the day run any more smoothly, he said.

“For the sake of both the voters and those who work the polls, workers should be given more professional preparation and a more reasonable workday. We’re asking a lot of those workers, and considering the importance of what they’re doing, we should be better enabling them,” he said.
 

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox
 
:!