Tuesday July 31, 2007

33% of election polling clerks found incompetent, fired

Miami-Dade County Elections Supervisor Lester Sola is all proud of himself, because he just fired 261 election polling clerks because they failed a test on voting procedures. That’s out of 787 that took the test (more are still to be given). Here he is: “We could have very well continued like we did in the past, just making sure there were warm bodies. This year, we said, ‘Enough is enough.’”

Nice work, Lester. No use crying over the spilled milk of the botched elections of the last few years, eh? Oh, and where do you plan on hiring more competent folks willing to work for $8 to $11 an hour for two days a year?

In any case, the article is an interesting read for the detail it gives about election procedures. This is rich, too: “‘I think we can all vouch for that one,’ said Commissioner Natacha Seijas, whose Government Operations and Environment Committee oversees Sola’s department. ‘We do need to professionalize our elections.’”


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  1. Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal    Tue Jul 31, 11:48 AM #  

    I’m a big fan of Natacha Seijas’ Comments…They bring humor into my otherwise bland day…

  2. alesh    Tue Jul 31, 11:49 AM #  

    You can almost hear them cackling, huh?

  3. Onajídé Shabaka    Tue Jul 31, 09:49 PM #  

    I got turned away from the polls at Clinton’s last election because they said I didn’t live in a legit residence although, that’s the address i registered with and used for their mailing. I know it was wrong because the Supervisor of elections in St. Lucie County allow me to vote when they wouldn’t issue me a registration card until I petitioned it (before the elections, of course).

  4. alesh    Wed Aug 1, 07:30 AM #  

    I moved and got a DL with my new address, but hadn’t gotten my address changed with the elections dept yet. The website said to go to the new precinct in this situation, which I did, and the people acted all confused and incredulous and wouldn’t let me vote.

    They sent me to my old precinct (I was walking, btw), where they also acted all confused and tried to send me away, but finally let me vote. I was in their book. And after all, the addresses were close. This is how things get done here.

    Fucking. Disaster.