I just had my class this morning in Aldergrove, British Columbia, only a short drive from my home, where I learned my roll in the up coming provincial election this May. It was a little bit overwhelming at first, but once I had a chance to read the course handouts and following the instructor’s lecture during each module, I started to get basic procedures down to memorization really quickly. The process seems very straightforward, but we spent most of our time on the “what ifs” scenarios that could happen when voters come to cast their ballots.
The question that I had was already answered right at the very beginning of the lecture. Do I get to vote during the voting day? The answer is no becuase we will be too busy to cast our ballots on that day, so we will have to do advanced voting in order to vote. Cool, at least I will have my opportunity. I already have my candidate chosen, so advanced voting is not a problem for me.
Like I said, I will be a clerk. I will be the person who records the voter’s address and other bits of information during the voting process, and will do the initial counting at the end of the day. I will be sitting beside a Voting Officer, (just the two of us at each station) who will oversee the ballot and will make sure that everything goes smoothly.
I have three weeks to memorizes these procedures and make sure I have all the working knowledge of each form, and letter that needs to be dealt with for that day.
Also, our day will be fourteen hours long. From 8:00am until 8:00pm, we have to be at our stations as the voters show up to vote. We cannot under any circumstances abandon our post. Bathroom breaks are going to tricky if we get heavy voter turnout. Even though my position will be at the School in Fort Langley, I have moved further away from town, so I have to bring lunch. I will miss that days when I was just down the road from the voting stations.
I am super happy about this.