Our good friend Stefan at (un)Sound Politics stormed off his post as Provisional Ballot Judge at St. Bennedicts Parrish today, after the polling place inspector reprimanded him for harassing a provisional ballot voter into leaving without casting a ballot.
In a nutshell, I quit as a poll judge because the inspector threatened me for doing my job of dissuading ineligible individuals from voting.
That’s Stefan’s explanation of his job, but that’s not how Bobbie Egan of King County Records and Elections describes it. “Our procedures are very clear,” Egan said. “Provisional voters are to have their ballots accepted at the polling place, and the determination as to eligibility is to made later in the elections office.”
Silly me, I tried to convince someone who is not eligible to vote in this election to vote in the next election.
Yes, silly you, Stefan. According to Egan, the inspector reported that Stefan was “overzealous” in challenging the voter, asking if he was sure he wanted to perjure himself by claiming he was eligible to vote. The voter reportedly replied that “this just isn’t worth it,” and walked out. Egan says that KCRE is trying to contact the voter to tell him to vote at any other polling place.
Stefan also says that the inspector “threatened” him. According to Egan, Stefan was told that he needed to either follow instructions, or move to a different position. At that point, Stefan said he could “no longer fulfill his oath”, and stormed out of the polling place.
Sounds to me like Stefan was unable to “fulfill his oath” from the moment the polling place opened.
See, when we talk about Republican voter intimidation and suppression, this is exactly the type of crap that would happen all the time should people like Stefan control the polling places… exactly the type of crap that already occurs in Florida and Ohio and many other states.
I was listening to John Carlson bloviate on this subject while I was driving. Oy.
Let’s just make one thing perfectly clear. I know that Stefan thinks he is an election expert, but in truth, these polling place judges and inspectors only get a few hours of training and work maybe 2 or 3 days a year. And so, KCRE’s wise policy is to have these decisions made by the actual professionals, with the training, experience and tools to best determine a voter’s eligibility… rather than leaving it to some hot-head, partisan asshole administering some improvised poll test.