Presentation on theme: "El Paso County Elections"— Presentation transcript:
1 El Paso County Elections Alissa: IntroductionsThank Ms. Laura SwartzEl Paso County Elections
2 Types of Elections Election Cycle Primary Election General Election 2nd Tuesday in August in Even Numbered YearsGeneral Election1st Tuesday following the 1st Monday in Even Numbered YearsCoordinated Elections1st Tuesday in November in Odd Numbered YearsElection CycleAlissa: Types of ElectionsEven Year ElectionsPrimary Election—August 8, 2006 (2nd Tuesday in August)General Election—November 7, 2006 (1st Tuesday in November following the 1st Monday in November) Gubernatorial Election, State House and Senate Elections, County Offices, County Commissioners, Districts 1 and 5, CU Regent, and Statewide issues, US House of RepresentativesOdd Year ElectionsCoordinated Election (1st Tuesday in November)November 6, 2007Statewide issues, County Questions, TABOR Questions, Special District and Small Towns Questions
3 Elections Generally Precinct Caucus Assemblies Primary Elections Tuesday, March 21, 2006AssembliesBetween March 31-April 20, 2006Primary ElectionsTuesday, August 8, 2006General ElectionsTuesday, November 7, 2006Alissa:Caucus Precinct committee persons and delegates to county assemblies shall be elected at precinct caucuses that shall be held in a public place or in a private home that is open to the pubic during the caucus in or proximate to each precinct at time and place to be fix by the count central committee or executive committee of each political part on the third Tuesday in March in even numbered years C.R.S (1) (a) (I)Precinct Caucus Day Tuesday March 21, 2006Precincts are made up of about 1500 active registered votersThere is an individual precinct caucus for every party including the minor partiesPrecinct Members select delegates to attend their County Assemblies and select who will be their precinct committee members for the next two years Precinct Committee Members make up each political parties Central CommitteeAssemblies means the meeting of delegates of a political party, organized in accordance with the rules and regulations of the political party, held for the purpose of designation candidates for nominations C.R.S (1.3)Nominate candidates to the primary ballotCandidates need to receive at least 30% of the vote at an assembly to be on the Primary BallotAny candidate receiving at least 10% of the votes at an assembly can petition on to the Primary BallotPrimary Elections A primary election shall be held at the regular polling place in each precinct on the second Tuesday of August in even numbered years to nominate candidates of political parties to be voted for at succeeding general election. C.R.S (1)Two ways for candidates to access the primary election ballot is by the assembly process or by petitionBallot style for each major parties (Republicans get a ballot different ballot than Democrats)You have to be affiliated with one of the major parties at thirty days before the primary election in order to vote. They only voters that can change their affiliation at the polling place are unaffiliated voters.Minor parties nominate their candidates for the general election at their assembly they do not have a primaryGeneral Election A general elections shall be held in all precincts in this state on he Tuesday succeeding the first Monday of November in every even-numbered year. C.R.SEvery four years we elect a governor, lt. governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, state representatives, candidates for regent, state board of education, and district attorneys
4 Voting In El Paso County Three ways to cast your ballotAbsentee VotingBallot mailed to you as early as 30 days before the electionDue back to the County Clerk’s office by 7 pm on election dayEarly VotingBegins usually a week to two weeks before the election6 convenient locations open during regular business hours Monday thru FridayPolling PlaceOpen Election day from 7 am to 7 pmAmanda:Absentee VotingBallots mailed to you as early as 30 days before the electionDue back in the Clerk’s office by 7 pm on election dayNo excuse absentee votingWe use sig. verify to prevent fraudEarly Voting (touch screens)Begins usually week to two weeks before the electionThree locations working to have 6 to 7 this next election cycleCurrently at our branch officesCentennial Hall downtownChapel Hills DMV officePowers DMV officeAvailable the week before the primary election and two weeks before the General ElectionEV for Primary is July 31-August 4EV for General Election is October 23 to November 3Must bring an ID to votePolling place (paper ballot and AccuVote Optical Scanners)Polls open from 7 am to 7 pm on Tuesday November 7, 2006Lots of convenient opportunities for people to vote to try and increase voter turn out.
5 What Do We Do?? Coordinate all County Elections Hire and Train Election JudgesMaintain Voter Registration Data BaseWork with individual County CandidatesProvide Election Resources to the PublicWork with the Colorado Secretary of StateAmanda:Coordinate all elections following CRS Title 1Establish precincts (387), locating poll places (189), laying out the ballot, coordinate absentee and early voting, test voting equipment, upload & post results, review provisional ballots, complete the canvassHire, Train, and Maintain Election JudgesApproximately 1800 judges per electionMaintain voter registration databaseWork with CandidatesFCPAVerify petitionsElection ResourcesMaintain abstracts for all County coordinated electionsWebsite InformationPolling Place locationsApplicationsVoter Registration FormsAbsentee Ballot ApplicationsJudge ApplicationsMapsCandidate FilingsResults ArchivesSample BallotsTABOR notices
6 Be A Student Election Judge! Requirements:At least 16 years oldA junior or senior in good standing at your high schoolAttended a training class prior to working as an election judgeIncentives:A possible maximum payment of $160.00Academic creditCommunity serviceAlissa:What can you do to help. Sign up to be a student election judge! You can earn cash, take academic credit or earn community service hoursLearn and be involved in the election process instead of just reading about itWe need at least 380 student election judges for both the primary and general electionsYou are our best rescoresRequirementsAt least 16 years oldA junior or senior in high schoolNeed to attend a training class before the electionBe able to work a long day on election dayIncentives$75 plus $10 for attending classAcademic creditCommunity Service hoursLooks good on college applicationsA day out of school
7 Help Us Out We need almost 1800 Election Judges for each election We need at least 380 student election judges
8 Greeters Provides directions within the polling place Assists with outside traffic control and monitors linesMakes sure all voters have proper ID ready and helps voters complete voter processing formsWatches for ElectioneeringAmanda:Greeters: We need approximately 44 Greeters to work in our polling places that have three or more precincts.Greeters are responsible for helping voter find their correct precinct within the polling placeHelps ensure that lines flow smoothly with in the polling placeMakes sure that voters have their IDs out and available to show the poll book judgeAssists with outside traffic controlWatches for Electioneering within the 100 foot limits of the polling placeElectioneering is any form of campaigning or influencing of any voter within the 100 foot limit of a polling place (This includes discussing candidates or issues while in line waiting to vote)
9 Election Judges Precinct Election Judges Three types Including 1 Precinct Supply Judge that fulfills one of these dutiesAmada: These positions can be interchanged between all Precinct Election Judges, all judges assist any voter that might need additional help or assistance at the voting booth.Precinct Supply Judge (Can be any of the three judges sitting at the table)Supervises the conduct of electionsPoint of contact with the election dept.Assigns duties to other judges (setting up the poll place before the polls open, packing up and cleaning up the polling place after the polls close)Returns the supplies with the Vote Center judge after the polls closePoll Book JudgeIdentifies voters in the poll bookEnsures that every voter signs the poll book who is going to voteCalls out the voters name in a clear and audible voice so watchers and other voters know who is in line and votingLogs ballot number provided by Ballot Judge into poll bookBallot JudgeAssigns ballot to voterProvides Poll Book judge with ballot number so that they can log the ballot number into the poll bookCopies ballot stub number onto Voter Processing FormsInitials ballot stubSpoils and reissues ballots, if necessaryAssists in completing the Statement of BallotState of Ballots-A log of ballots issued, spoiled and voted ensures that no more ballots are cast then there are registered voters in that precinctDemonstration JudgeShows the voter how to complete the ballot and put their ballot into the privacy sleeveChecks the ballot number to the voter processing form and makes sure that they are the same and that the ballot judge has initialed the top portion of the ballotKeeps tracks of voter processing formsPoll Book Judge(Receiving Judge)Demonstration JudgeBallot Judge
10 Vote Center Judge Picks up supplies day before election Operates AccuVoteAssist voters with depositing ballotsDrops off the supplies after the election with the Precinct Supply JudgePaid extra for dropping off suppliesAlissa:Vote Center Judge (1 per poll place)Visits polling site the day before the election and locates supplies, electrical outlets, and finds out who to contact in case polling place is not open at 6:00 am on election dayPicks up supplies the day before the electionOperates the AccuVotePoint of contact with Election Dept for tech. difficultiesAssists voters at the AccuVote with depositing ballotsTears off and collects ballot stubsMonitors machineTroubleshoots the machineChecks the black box to make sure its clear and ballots are going in properlyDrops off supplies after polls close with the precinct supply judge
11 What is Provisional Voting? Second Chance Voting…No one is turned awayRequired under HAVAWhy do people vote provisional?Didn’t bring an IDName is not in the poll bookNot Registered in El Paso CountyNot at the right polling placeWhat happens to provisional ballots?Reviewed after the electionIf they are counted they are included in the official resultsVoter can call our office after the election to find out if their ballot was counted or notAlissa:Why do you vote provisionalYou did not bring IDYour name does not appear in the poll bookProvisional Ballot ReviewReviewed after the electionIf they are countable the results will be included in the official resultsThe voter can call our office and find out if their ballot was counted or not, and if not why it wasn’t
12 Provisional Ballot Judge Processes voters who don’t have an ID or are not in the poll bookProvides instructions to the voter about the provisional ballot processUsing a precinct locator gives directions to voters who are at the wrong polling placePicks up and drops off suppliesPaid extra for dropping off suppliesAlissa:2 provisional ballot judges per poll placeProcess voters who have to vote a provisional ballotProvides instructions and direction to voters who are in the wrong polling placeProvides an explanation of why an individual is voting a provisional ballotInstructs individuals who are voting provisionally how to complete the envelope and how to complete their ballotMonitors Ballot boxExplains to voters that they can call the Election Dept. after the election to see if their ballot was countedCompletes Provisional Statement of Ballots after the polls closePicks up supplies day before electionDrops off supplies after the election
13 Absentee Ballot Judges (Primary Only) Central Count Judges$10 per hourPreprocessingStarts the week before the electionOpen and separate ballots from the envelopesCountingRun ballots through the AccuVoteDuplicationDuplicates any ballots that are unable to be processed by the AccuVoteAlissa:Something new we are trying for this election available only for the primary election because its before school startsAbsentee Ballots judges work with the election dept to open and count all of the ballots we receive before the election.Counting usually begins a week before the election and concludes the evening of the electionLast November 25,000 people voted absentee, this election we estimate that 45,000 people will vote absenteeGreat easy way to make some summer cash or get academic credit or community serviceStart working the week before the election and election dayPaid $10 per hourWorks at Centennial Hall DowntownCounting and Duplication Judges work in teams
14 Early Voting Election Judge (Primary Only) Works at one of our six locations$10 per hourWorks the week before the electionDemonstrates to voters how to use DREs (touch screens)Escorts voter to the DRE and ensures Access Card is coded correctlyTroubleshoots any problem with the DREBalance signature cards with votes cast on DREs dailyAlissa:Works with the election department to process voters at our six early voting sitesThis is only available for the primary election since school is not in session yet5 judges per location plus one judge who works half a day (10-2)We need about 36 election judges for this electionMust have reliable transportation and be able to work all 5 daysPaid $10/hour
15 Curb Side KidsWe need 9 students per shift on Election Day (18 students total)Two 6 hour shifts7:00am-1:00pm1:00pm-7:00pmAssist voters in curb side drop off of their Absentee BallotsYou can receive $55, or academic credit, or community serviceAmanda:Curb side kids sit out in our branch parking lots and receive voters absentee ballots on election day.Works like a drive through. People drive up and one of the curb side kids runs out to the driver’s side window and grabs there ballots and then drops them into the ballot box.Half a day shift$55 for a single shift or academic credit or community service
16 Evening Runners We need 12-20 students Needs to be able to lift approximately 35 lbs.Assist Judges in unloading their election supplies from their carsWork approximately 2 to 3 hours from 7pm-9pmEarn $20Amanda:Works at our branches with the Clerk and Recorder staff to unload judges cars in the parking lot drive up lane.Run the supplies into the offices and help the staff organize all of the bagsWork for approximately 2 hoursReceive $20Need to be able to lift about 35 lbs.
17 El Paso County Reward Program Our office is developing an incentive program to recognize and thank students and faculty members that contribute to the Student Election Judge ProgramMore Details to Follow
18 Fund Raising Opportunities Great way to earn money for PromGreat way to earn money for Senior TripsRecruit your friends to earn money toward your fund raising projectAmanda:Earn money for prom and senior trips by recruiting a group of students to work together on election day and pooling their money toward their fundraising project.If you get 10 of your friends to work on election day you could earn approximately $1,000 toward your goal.
19 Future of Elections Vote Centers Ability to vote at any location Increases voter turn outReduce the time it takes to voteReduces the number of Provisional BallotsReduces the number of human errorsAlissa:Vote Centers—are very large polling places that allows voters to vote at a location that is more convenient and accessible to there needs. Uses an electronic poll book to keep people from voting in more than one location.Voting at any locationBetter AccessMore convenient locationsReduces Provisional BallotsReduces the time it takes to voteHigher turn outReduces the number of elections judges neededReduces the number of human errors
20 Future of Elections Statewide Voter Registration Required under HAVA Creates uniformity throughout the stateCreates better communication between all of the countiesSeamless registration processReduces duplicate registrationsReduces opportunities for voter fraudProvides a way to verify voters informationAlissa:Statewide Voter RegistrationCuts down on duplicate registrations within the stateCreates uniformity through out the stateHelps prevent fraudEasier registration processVerify info with other databasesCuts down on voter fraud
21 Future of Elections One DRE in Every Polling Place Required under HAVA Allows disabled voters to vote without assistanceBack up in case problems occur at the polling placeAlissa:DREs in every polling placeRequired under HAVAAllows disabled voters to vote without assistanceBack up in case problems occur at the polling place