Hamilton County BOE Poll Worker Manual: Highlights
Jane Schiff's translation of highlights from sections of the Hamilton County Board of Elections Poll Worker Manual for the March 2, 2008 primary election, received by Jane from Diane Goldsmith at the Hamilton County BOE on Friday January 25, 2008.
I have attempted to translate the information for readability by attending to comprehension, word recognition and sequencing demands.
Page 14, Section 4: Working with Voters
Voting on the eSlate/JBC: Step - by - Step Procedures
The following is my translation of how a "regular vote" gets cast AT THE PRECINCT.
I have excluded procedures concerning absentee and provisional voting which I intend to present in future e-mail posts.
Voter brings a current Ohio driver's license or current State of Ohio identification card with a CURRENT ADDRESS, and has ALREADY fulfilled procedures to appear with the matching CURRENT address in the signature poll book.
Election Judge finds the Voter's name WITH THE CURRENT ADDRESS in The Signature Poll Book.
Nothing else is required for Scenario #1.
Voter brings a current Ohio Driver's License or current State of Ohio Identification Card that displays AN OLD ADDRESS and has ALREADY FULFILLED procedures to flawlessly appear with the CURRENT ADDRESS in The Signature Poll Book.
The Election Judge finds the Voter's name WITH THE CURRENT ADDRESS IN THE SIGNATURE POLL BOOK. The Election Judge asks the Voter for the last 4 digits of the CURRENT Ohio driver's license or the last 4 digits of the Current State of Ohio Identification Card and WRITES IT down in The Signature Poll Book.
Note - Nothing else is required for Scenario #2.
This scenario of casting A REGULAR BALLOT IS LOADED WITH PROCEDURES, BOOBY TRAPS AND POTENTIAL BARRIEERS AND POTENTIAL DISFRANCHISEMENT. This process is driven in part, by the VOTER not producing a CURRENT STATE OF OHIO DRIVER'S LICENSE (WITH OR WITHOUT A NEW current address) or a CURRENT State of Ohio Identification Card (with or without a New current address) as well as the Voter potentially NOT appearing in The Signature Poll Book.
Voter brings a utility bill or a bank statement or a government check or a paycheck or another government document. It's the economically unfair responsibility of the Voter to bring and relinquish the Voter's own sole copy as well as coming emotionally prepared for the possibility of the Voter's CURRENT address NOT APPEARING IN THE SIGNATURE POLL BOOK. If the Voter can't relinquish the sole copy, I think the Voter must side on the side of caution and make a copy of the document prior to arriving at the precinct even though this is economically unfair for the Voter to have to provide a second copy to The Election Judge.
The Election Judge finds the Voter's name WITH THE CURRENT ADDRESS in The Signature Poll Book. The Election Judge records the type of any of the above 5 documents in The Signature Poll Book, retains a copy of any of the above 5 documents and INSERTS IT INTO THE COMPLETED FORMS BAG.
If all this goes WITHOUT A HITCH, the Voter casts a REGULAR VOTE.