IAmA Broward County Government employee who worked as a Voter Systems Technician on the November 2018 Midterm Election, worked as an alternate for the Broward County Canvassing Board, and worked as a volunteer to recount the ballots today for the ...
I'm an engineer who likes to volunteer in my local elections. And as an employee of Broward County, I can volunteer in places that others cannot. Anyone can volunteer to work as a Voter systems Tech (VST), AKA Ballot scanner dude, or a poll worker or a poll watcher, but (tragically?) thanks to the recount, I got to volunteer to be an alternate for the Canvasing board that's in charge of certifying the county's votes, and got to wake up at 5 AM to get to the Supervisors of Elections office at 6 AM this morning to do the hand recount.
PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT CLAIM TO SPEAK AS AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF BROWARD COUNTY OR THE BROWARD COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE. ALL OF MY THOUGHTS AND STATEMENTS ARE MINE AND MINE ALONE. IF ANY OF MY EMPLOYERS ARE READING THIS, PLEASE DON'T FIRE ME. <3
Here are a bunch of photos of my adventures. Note phones were strictly forbidden inside the hand recount. So I don't have any pics of the actual counting.
As someone on the ground, in the middle of all this, I'd like to defend SOME OF the actions taken by BC SOE and provide some clear explanations of the insanely illogical conspiracy theories perpetuated by the genuine mistakes taken by some of the volunteers and SOE employees.
Any who... Ask away!
Edit1: as of 5 PM ET, I'm still here, answering slowly. Please be patient. It's just me on a laptop. Whatever happened to that AMA helper lady?
Edit2: as of 6:15 PM ET, I'm eating some dinner. I'll be back. in an hour or less. I promise.
Edit3: as of 6:40 PM ET, I've finished eating and am back live. I'm doing the best I can to answer all questions as thoroughly as possible So please be patient and I'll get to as many as I can as quickly as I can.
Edit4: as of 11:00 PM ET Nov 17th, I will be stopping for the night. Thanks to everyone who asked questions. I hope I answered them to your satisfaction. If I didn't, I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I will try to answer as many questions as I can over the next week or so, slowly. I probably won't keep editing every time I hop on and off. Too much of a pain, and I like redditing just as much as you all do.
Also, if any of you really truly believe that there's been nefarious action taken by BC's Supervisor of Elections Office or any other SOE office, I STRONGLY urge you to volunteer yourself as a poll worker or a poll watcher or whatever equivalent is available in your district. If you can't trust anyone besides yourself, then become the trustworthy one and shine a light on any corruption you see.
Goodnight everyone, and please go see my new movie RAMPART!!!