In just a few weeks, election day will be upon us. When November 6 rolls around, will you know where to vote and how it works? While voting sounds easy, some things about it may be unknown to you as an American.
After you register to vote, you will be sent a voter’s registration card in the mail and it will have the location of where you’re supposed to go so that you may vote. Most polls open anywhere from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. and close anywhere from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. If you’re interested in working for one of the polls in your area, demands for bilingual poll workers are high and if you’re a high school student who is at least 16 years of age you can become a worker as well. There are a total of 2 million poll workers per federal election and a poll worker will work an average of 12 hours a day and are usually paid minimum wage.
Once the votes are all cast, the election judge sends the sealed ballot boxes to a central vote counting facility. Once these votes are sent, certified observers from the political parties or candidates watch the actual vote counting to make sure the counting is fair. There are three types of ballots; a paper ballot in which election officials read each ballot and add up the number of votes, a punch card ballot that is manually counted through a mechanical punch card reader and the computerized ballot that can be directly transmitted to the central counting facility or transported to the facility on removable media to be counted.
So, when the day comes, be sure to know exactly where the open poll is for where you are registered. It is very important to know this information because 1.9 million citizens did not vote simply because they didn’t know where to go. Let your voice be heard and vote!
To learn more about the voting process and what goes on behind the scenes check out the infographic below presented by Click Software.