The 2nd Richest County in the Country “Can’t” Find Enough Qualified Poll Workers

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has completed its preliminary report about how pathetic our elections are (though it is not as critical as that). I’ll have more to say about the report, but I got hung up on this passage:

In line with the decentralized nature of the US political system, general elections are administered at the state level and there is no federal election management body with oversight responsibilities. Administrative authority is vested in the respective state secretary or state election board. However, the greater part of election administration is typically delegated to county or lower-level election officials, 6 resulting in a wide variety of electoral practices across the country. While some election officials are appointed, others are elected, which raises possible conflicts of interest. Women and minorities are well represented at all levels of election administration. Overall, the election administration performed their duties in a professional and transparent manner and enjoyed the trust of the majority of stakeholders.

While training of polling staff was extensive, a number of counties experienced problems identifying a sufficient number of experienced poll workers. In some counties, this led to a reduced number of polling stations or less poll workers. 7

7 For example, in Jackson county in Kansas, Leon and Duval counties in Florida, and Fairfax county in Virginia.

Fairfax, VA claims it could not find enough qualified poll workers.

Fairfax county is, of course, the second richest county in the country, with one of the highest levels of education. Out of this county, our government finds people capable of the most amazing feats of analysis, engineering, and leadership to run our war machine. But it can’t find enough people to run its poll machines?

Though maybe this is the reason why: with over 57% of the vote, Obama beat Mitt by almost 87,000 votes just in same-day voting in the county, even in spite of long lines in Fairfax. Obama beat Mitt statewide by less than that: 81,707.

Or perhaps this is the reason why: the Vice Chair of Fairfax’s Board of Elections is Hans von Spakovsky, the architect of GOP efforts to suppress the vote.

And so it is that one of the most affluent, best educated counties on earth claims to be unable to find people capable of running polling machines.

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emptywheel @ddayen Rumsfeldesque
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emptywheel @jefffreyspies Right. And yet no one is doing the "here's how the press reported on major threat for 10 years and Congress ignored it"
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bmaz @emptywheel Were you hacked by 20 Committee?
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emptywheel @farlanewastaken Our politics (esp GOP POTUS) has been a reality show for at least 9 years. One more summer will kill us all of a sudden?
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emptywheel Is it me or does reporting on opium epidemic never get credited back to journos who did earliest work on it?
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emptywheel @ErrataRob I think "everyone" overstates this. Set of people obsessed about this is relatively small.
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emptywheel @PaddyJ1325 Classroom furniture was American made back then. Now the Chinese prolly make it nuke-and-hack vulnerable.
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emptywheel @PaddyJ1325 Yup, posted that earlier. Now it has me wondering where they found an integrated elementary school in 1951.
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