* People should either get off Facebook or unfollow goofs like this…
Voters — Please beware of incorrect information in your social media like this Facebook post. When you vote, the election judge will initial your ballot in the space marked "Judge's Initials." This has been part of the process for many decades. pic.twitter.com/px4snP7uvx
That one is all over the place. Several acquaintances who know I am an election judge have sent me this same facebook post over the past few weeks and asked for verification. I first alert them to the unknown unnamed “source” which is a “tell”, and then I tell them that each state has its own election rules and procedures– but that in Illinois that post is dwfinitely. not. true.
“passed all the classes” really makes it sound like a much more robust process than it is.
The good news for our election system is the overwhelming majority of our poll workers mean well. Using Facebook to convince members of the public that our poll workers don’t mean well really undermines how smoothly things go at the polls.
- Haven't picked one yet - Friday, Oct 30, 20 @ 10:19 am:
Does that mean my votes never counted? My son goes Sat for election training. I will ask him about what they tell him since he works my polling place.
- Bruce( no not him) - Friday, Oct 30, 20 @ 10:21 am:
You mean there isn’t a special day set aside on Nov 4th for Biden voters? /S
Amazing how we are actually sliding backwards in intelligence. When did ignorance and lack of intelligence become something people aspire to?
- Because I said so.... - Friday, Oct 30, 20 @ 10:28 am:
Facebook is a cesspool of misinformation.
On another note, I heard yesterday that in Chicago, all necessary election judge positions have been filled. So unlike previous years where they were begging for judges. I am so happy that this year, American’s are voting and taking part in the electoral process.
An election judge is required to initial the ballot before it is given to the voter. If the ballot is not initialed, and if there is later a recount (i.e., if someone scrutinizes the ballot and notices the missing initials), the ballot is legally invalid.
Still Waiting–Yes, an election judge initials a vote-by-mail ballot after it has been received and accepted. Red ink is used for this since the tabulators do not read red ink. A vote-by-mail ballot is an official ballot.