Our office is a bit like a hotel--not just because it seems like we are spending a lot of nights there, but also because we are constantly re-purposing the space we have. We're essentially turning our ballroom into separate meeting rooms and a gathering space into a private event area this week.
In fact, our parking lot is the first space with multiple uses. It will be more than maxed out with spaces tomorrow while we begin election worker training, so around noon our staff will methodically double, triple and quadruple park near the dock area so all of our new election workers can find a space when coming for training. We have some classes scheduled this week and need to complete all new election worker training before advance voting in person begins next Tuesday.
|We're wrapping up a video for new election|
workers and supervising judges that sums up
key things related to handling exceptions. I will post it
when it is finalized.
This afternoon, I prepared our training room, getting all of our audio-visual connections and gadgets operable, or nearly operable.
As posted here, we've had two power surges/events in our building in 2012 and I was chagrined to find today that our new speaker setup, urgently purchased this spring to replace the speaker system that blew this winter, was a casualty of the latest surge.
My backup speaker isn't loud enough with the microphone we're using, so we're on to a backup-backup idea for Monday while we assess options. The speaker and microphone setup is necessary because our makeshift training room doesn't have a ceiling and sits in the middle of our warehouse.
Tomorrow, we'll be sending out equipment to one of our advance voting sites, continuing to test voting machines, loading up ballot carts, and preparing polling place supplies. The warehouse will be quite noisy.
Our training room has come into the 21st century, at least, over the last few years. Training is so important, yet when I arrived in 2005, our room consisted literally of chairs and a whiteboard. We did have a great set-up called "The Perfect Polling Place" and we continue to use that in our training.
|Our training room is getting|
more and more professional, with
more capabilities. It has everything
but a ceiling (below).
We began utilizing a big-screen television in 2008 and installed two more in 2009. We have the ability to now stream video to these televisions and be able to walk through screen shots that the workers might encounter, although we are our own A/V staff and it takes us this time before each election to get reacquainted with all the workings.
The Perfect Polling place will be scrunched rather imperfectly against a wall to allow for the return of equipment after the election.
|Our Perfect Polling Place|
helps workers connect the dots.
The laptops have to be specially loaded to work with our election system, so preparing them has been a month-long ordeal.
|A row of equipment|
and supplies staged for
The Great Mall, a new
site this year.
Also, we are in the process of organizing our secure file room with each ballot for mailings during the remaining time.
This is one of those times that I'm hoping to capture with this blog to help answer what we do on days when we don't have elections. Hopefully, this gives you a flavor. We'll have more this week.
|Boxes are ready to|
store the many variations
of our ballots.