I also worked a lot at same day registration, assisting voters in filling out their application, explaining the requirements, and processing the applications. The technology took the voters address, assigned a precinct and ballot style, and printed out the “application for an absentee ballot”. We some new applicants who did not have the proper residence information (everyone had some sort of photo ID), we gave them the choice of voting a provisional ballot and providing the information to the Board of Elections by canvass day on November 14 to have the vote count, or come back later in the early voting period with the information. Everyone I dealt with said they would come back to the site with the information, and I saw a lot of them come back in.
The sites were highly staffed up. In 2004 at that site, we had 14 people, this year it was 25-30 each day. Two persons worked helping assist curbside voters, one worked the line answering questions and handling crowd control, four checked in voters on laptops, one worked the help desk checking in applications from cirbside voters and dealing with problems, two registered voters at laptops, one floater assisted new voters filling out applications, three worked handing out the ballots (Wake had 47 different ballots due to overlapping Congressional (3), State Senate (4), State House (9), and superior court (2) districts), one person assisted persons moving to one of the 18 voting booths or two tables, and one assisted with the tabulator and handled out “I voted early” stickers. There was also a site supervisor, two or three persons covering breaks for the rest, and several floaters. Quite an organized effort, and the lines were very rarely more than 30 minutes long from the parking lot to check-in. I only worked one site, but I heard that at the two shopping mall sites there were even more staff.
Back to work. Starting to get bill drafting requests for the 2009 Regular Session!