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May 21, 2013

City School talks voting procedures

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Poll workers, he continued, are recommended to the board by the district clerk, and the workers at each voting site then select a chairperson.

“The poll workers and the chairperson that was selected by them, (along with) the district clerk, supervise the actions of that site,” Short said.

TALLY WITNESSED

The chairperson at each location also tallies the vote results. This is witnessed by the other poll workers, the machine custodian and the district clerk, according to the superintendent.

In the City School District, Short noted, this is done three times, once at each voting site.

“At each site, the chairperson of the site also signs and is witness to the tally, so it’s not just one person doing the counting.

“The district clerk then tabulates the three voting sites’ results and declares the results on the ballot ...We typically do it that same evening, but it needs to be done within 24 hours,” he said.

CANDIDATE REPRESENTATIVES

Qualified voters, he continued, have the right to challenge the qualifications of any voter at the time of the elections by telling the site chairperson. They may also file a written challenge of the qualifications of any absentee voter with the district clerk and election inspector on or before the day of the vote.

Residents, Short added, have 30 days from the vote to challenge the results.

“This is one of the reasons why, when the polls are locked again, we don’t zero them out,” he said. “We hold them for that period of time.”

Baker, who ran unsuccessfully for School Board last year, also requested “a representative for any candidate who chooses to be present at all facets of the (election) process.”

Short noted that State Education Law provides that such individuals may be present at polling places from at least 15 minutes before the voting machines are unlocked and examined at the opening of the polls until after the results are proclaimed.

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