Feb. 4th was the last day to register for this upcoming election, however, get 'em in for the big one.
I've worked for Cheryl Johnson, the Tax Assessor/Collector for Galveston Co., who is also in charge of Voter Registration, for a time to help her get the office back in order, after the previous bunch left. Last year, they sent out hundreds of thousands of Voter's Cards, and tens of thousands came back, undeliverable for one reason or another. Some of the problems were with the Post Office not delivering them, and just saying that the person wasn't there, when they really were there. Most of the problems were with the State Data Base, which is woefully inadequate and out of date.
The Dems had a Statewide registration drive, like they're doing right now, in which they registered so many voters that were illegals or ex-cons, without telling them that they wouldn't be able to vote. Then, when they didn't get their Voter's Cards, they raised a ruckus. Also, there were so many that were using fake names, yet, coming from the same address. Some of those were prosecuted, and it was found out that they were Dems.
Some tried to blame Cheryl for the problems, but her office is the best run of any of the County offices. She's a great boss, and I thoroughly enjoyed working there to help her get over the huge influx of mail that we sorted through and sent out.
The dubious efforts by the Dems made it really difficult for us, when we had the election, as those, who had filled out the cards, showed up to vote. Then, we had to spend so much time calling in their names, to verify their voting status, that it made the lines go so much slower. I was the Judge of that election, so I finally told the complainers that, if they wanted things to go faster, they could just sign my paperwork and start working, because we could use their help. That shut them up.
That election was particularly stressful, as some Dems in our Precinct had tried to undermine Republican Judge(s) the previous election and reported the Judge(s) to the Elections Commission for the omissions of the Dems, who were working for them. Then, they threatened to have Republican Judges put in jail at the election that I worked. At one time, I had 6 State and Federal observers in my voting area. It was so stressful that I almost walked out. The Dems really made a mess for us, and now we are crying for Republican workers to work this election, but folks don't want to be targets.
So, if we have any brave Republicans, who will be willing to be Clerks or Judges this time, please, pm me. We need you!
The work is easy, and we do have fun. There is a real sense that you have done something of value, after it's all over. Early Voting starts 2/19 and goes to 2/29. 0800-1700 on 19-22. 0700-1900 on 23rd. 1300-1800 on 24th. and 0700-1900 on 25th through 29th. We have an all day training on 2/15. You will be paid about $7 or $8/hour. I'm not certain of the pay, but basically, I look at it as doing my civic duty to give back what I'm able to do.
BTW - This is one of the places that you cannot carry. If you leave it in your car, park outside the "No Electioneering" zone just to be safe. I don't think there is a problem with it being in your car within that area, as no one ever checks. However, my position is to always be way far within the law.