Democratic Primary Election Day

Hartwood Precinct, Stafford, Virginia, 11 June 2019, a few minutes before we opened at 6am. Bob Jankovits, Debbie Shellhammer, John Steiner, Debbie Bittinger, Lois Steiner, Judy Miller, Edwin Ridout. Total ballots by our 7pm closing time: 128, about 9.8 per hour (versus 236 per hour last November).

Election Day

John & Lois Steiner, Vance Corbett, Judy Miller, Judy Feather, Bob Jankovits, and visiting electoral board secretary Gloria Chittum. I used the self-timer but failed to bring a suitable tripod. Five minutes afterwards began our 13-hour shift serving 3,070 voters, about 236 per hour, or four per minute. We often had short lines, but nobody had to wait more than a few minutes.

Election Day

Simultaneous primary elections for Democratic nomination for US Congress and Republican nomination for US Senate (but you can only vote in one). We counted 139 D ballots, 404 R ballots, and 543 voters, about 10% of our precinct’s registered voters.

Judy M, John & Lois S, Judy F, Vance C, Gloria C, Edwin R

Primary Election Day

Hartwood Precinct: election officials Mike Rose, Yvette Fowler, Bob Jankovits, Edwin Ridout, John & Lois Steiner, Gloria Chittum (Secretary of the Electoral Board), Brad Sullivan. We had 752 voters between 6am and 7pm (compared to 3,430 at the general election last November).

Election Day 2016

Stafford County Precinct 101, at Hartwood Presbyterian Church,5:39am, Tuesday November 8, 2016.  Our largest team yet: Phil, Bob, Cat, Vance, Fran, Dick, Hedy, David, Judy M, Debbie, Mal, Rosalind, Lois, Yvette, John. I failed to get myself into the picture this time, so fraudulently pasted myself in on the right from last November’s picture. We had 3,430 voters between 6am and 7pm, or 263 voters per hour. They voted Trump over Clinton by more than 2 to 1. We timed the visits of ten random voters each chosen about an hour apart and found the average visit was under 5½ minutes. But there were 100 voters in line when we opened at 6am, and the voter we timed then was with us 21 minutes.

Presidential primary election

5:50am, just before opening the polls, Hartwood Precinct election officials John Steiner, Brad Sullivan, Debbie Shellhammer, Bob Jankovits, Lois Steiner, and me in the middle. On right, Gloria Chittum, secretary of the county electoral board. After 2¼ voters per minute for 13 hours, we submitted our unofficial results to the registrar about 15 minutes after we closed the polls at 7pm.

General Election Day 2013

Hartwood-2013-Nov-5th.800.1-100_0329November 5th,  5:55am, all set up and ready to open the polls at Hartwood Presbyterian: Judy M, Lois S, Bob J, Judy F, Michelle H, Harry C, Debbie C, Edwin R. The polls closed at 7pm. At 7:33pm we reported results to the registrar: 1,950 ballots cast by about 45% of our precinct’s registered voters. Cucinelli got 1,285. McAuliffe got 550. Sarvis got 109. We finished documenting and packing up by 9:15pm. I finished delivery, unloading, and reporting at the courthouse about 9:45pm. Gave no thought to G. Fawkes.

By lunchtime the next day, the State Board of Elections was displaying this:

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By the end of the month, the State Board of Elections was preparing plans to subpoena an unknown number of election officials to require them to assist in a recount, which might take as many as six days in December.

Working the election Nov 6th

We 15 election officials at the Hartwood precinct (in the new assembly hall of the historic Hartwood Presbyterian Church) served 226 voters per hour for 13 hours (6am to 7pm). We had four laptop check-in stations in almost constant use, and one more at the help desk in frequent use for special cases. Two printers issued check-in tickets, exchanged for ballots at our single ballot table. We had 14 ballot booths, one combination scanner/ballot box, and one touch-screen/audio electronic voting machine reserved for just three visually challenged voters. All others voted with Stafford County’s usual paper scan sheet ballot. A few of us did an hour or two of setup the day before. All of us convened on election day by 5am and worked until 9pm. I took paperwork and voting machines to the courthouse after that, and was home and in bed by 10pm. Most of the results below appeared on the website of the state board of elections next morning, although it took a week for the provisional ballot results to appear there. [On November 15th, I inserted below a chart from Google showing national results.] At our precinct eight provisional ballots were collected — none of our voters had to use the specially designated provisional ballots for voters unable to present identification on election day. (Eligibility of provisional voters is evaluated by the electoral board in the days after the election in order to determine whether or not to count their ballots at that point.) We had to replace about 40 spoiled ballots for voters who accidentally voted for more than one choice within a given race. About fifteen handicapped or elderly people were able to vote curbside from their cars — I did five together at one point. Several came early, in front of a hundred others standing in line, but none came in the last few hours at the end of the day. There was no line when we closed the doors at 7pm, at which point there was only one voter left in the room.