The following information is being provided to assist voters at the polls on September 9th.
As Chairman of the STT/STJ Board of Elections, I felt obligated to inform voters as to what to expect when they arrive at the polling stations. There will be several different election officials present at the polls: judges, inspectors, monitors, clerks, and facilitators. Each of these officials has a purpose. Each judge is in charge of their specific polling district and is there to give direction and assignments to the election officials. The inspectors are in charge of the District Register (A.K.A. the big black books). The role of the inspectors is to check to see if voters are in the book, as well as to validate the information by initialing the back of the card to prove that they voted. The monitors are the individuals who assist voters that don't understand how to vote using the machine. The main purpose is to reset and activate the voting machine after each voter has finished. Clerks of Elections are the individuals that keep a record of the number of people that voted. They may also conduct exist interviews. This year a position was added by the Supervisor of Elections. These individuals are called facilitators. Facilitators will check to see if voters are in the correct line. For senior citizens, the Facilitators will assist in shortening their wait by moving them up to the front of the line. The facilitators will also be in charge of he provisional ballot. Other individuals that you may encounter at the polls are poll watchers or law enforcement officials, as well as the media.
I would personally like to thank all the election workers that will be a part of the upcoming primary election on September 9th. Every two years these individuals come out to be a part of history. As we vote on September 9, please show your appreciation to these individuals that help to facilitate the process for all our voices to be heard by ensuring that our votes are counted.
Other reminders as you go out on this most important day are that smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all of the polling sites. Also, please be advised that electors (voters) are only allowed 5 minutes in the voting booth. All electors must vote by themselves unless unable to because of a disability.
In closing, I would like to leave with two little known facts.
(1) Title 18 Section 789 states that voting using a false name by anyone than that person or attempting to vote in the name of another person in any name other than his own shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than three years or both, and
(2) Title 18 section 790 states that voting more than once: whoever willfully votes or attempts to vote more than once at the same election shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than three years or both.
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