They Trained me for the Election


Yup. It’s true. I’m going to sit at a the table in the gym of a local school for thirteen hours on election night. (No breaks.) I’m a Poll Clerk and when you come to my station, I get to cross your name off the list.  I don’t even get to say, “Hello, Bonjour.” That’s someone else’s job. My training took three hours. Three!

They hired 250,000 people to work this election. Each of them had at least three hours of training. The government pays for both the training and the election work.

I don’t have to be a math whiz to figure out we’re spending a lot of money on the voting process that could be used to feed hungry people and fix up broken parts of the government. I won’t even begin to list them.

End of political rant.

Why am I doing it? I’m curious about the process and I love people watching. I’ll let you know what happens:)

Canadians, please put your Timmies aside, turn off the Blue Jay’s game and come out and vote.

October 19th

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

5 thoughts on “They Trained me for the Election”

  1. I think in this case it’s worth the money. It’s what we do to ensure a democracy. I did that for two elections. In one I sat at the table and in the other I was responsible for the whole voting station, I forget what I was called.

    It was a close election and we were warned our seats could be the deciding factor so be very careful. One thing I had to do was make sure everyone’s watches were synchronized to the last second. Just in case you know. One man had a Rolex so by unanimous agreement we decided we’d all sync to his watch. Oh the excitement.

    And then when we finally left our little bubble and returned to the real world we found the election had been won on number of seats long before our polling station closed.


    1. Wow Pat
      I had no idea an election could be so exciting. Now I have something to look forward to. I have to admit the video clips they played in training made me feel patriotic and I’m not normally a flag-waving kinda gal. We’ll see…
      Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your experience to the conversation. You rock, my friend.


  2. Do you get to at least sneak in a friendly ‘Hi’?

    I was at a small local rec centre this morning in Shawnigan Lake (B.C) to take a course on Digital Marketing (as I need to get the brain in gear) and the early voting had a line-up out the door. Plus I heard that U. Vic’s student population had a massive turn-out.
    That’s great. A big turn-out would be excellent.


    1. Hi Emma
      That’s true. I hope. I’m worried about getting bored, but we’ll see.Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.
      my bestJo-Ann
      who on this Thanksgiving (which is today in Canada) is thankful to have a friend in Ireland. |

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