Poll workers are needed to protect the public

Concerned about election fraud? Want to make a difference?

Poll workers are needed for the Nov. 8 election in Jacksonville.

That is the election at which Republicans hope to take back the majority in Congress and stop the rampant wasteful spending and other harmful practices that have gone on for the past two years with the federal government in complete control of the Democrat Party.

Out-of-control crime, surging inflation and open borders have been among the results.

Currently, the local elections office is about 300 people short of the 1,800 or so that will be needed for the general election. Workers are paid and the work is not tasking, but it still is difficult to get people to apply.

The office tries to keep a mix of Republicans and Democrats among the temporary poll workers.

As it happens, the vast majority of the poll workers currently are Democrats, Eye on Jacksonville learned from the elections office.

Imagine what might happen late on the night of an election when few voters were around if some unscrupulous poll workers decided to fatten up the vote for their party and there were no poll workers there from the other party.

There are millions of people in the nation who believe that votes were manufactured during the 2020 presidential election, and others. In 2016, losing candidate Hillary Clinton claimed the presidential election was stolen from her — after saying prior to the election that for anyone to question the outcome would be “a direct threat to our democracy.” Despite all the safeguards in place such skullduggery still is possible, especially with such devices as universal mail-in voting, which offers many temptations to the unscrupulous. Democrats call any attempt to make elections fair, “unfair.” This includes voter identification, the method used in many advanced countries.

Republicans should dig deep to find people who will serve. It is not too late but time is running out.

The parties also supply poll watchers, who are not paid. It is in their best interest to keep those posts filled, and also in the public’s best interest. The local Republican Party should try harder to enlist poll workers as well, for the same reason.

Elections are only worthwhile when they are both fair and honest.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


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