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Maryland Professors at the Polls: A Pilot Project Encouraging Faculty (and Students) to Serve as Poll Workers in the 2006 Elections
Unformatted Document Text:  prior to the summer. 11 Table 1 below shows the schedule of activities associated with this program along with a time line for future planning purposes. Table 1 Main Activity Schedule November 2005 January 2006 February-June 2006 June-August 2006 Fall 2006 Initial recruitment of faculty via letter and e mail Meeting at AAUP in Washington DC Recruitment, outreach and registration activities Volunteer process and training activities Elections Serving as an Election Judge in Maryland Serving as an election judge in Maryland normally requires the completion of different steps before one can work on Election Day. There are three steps necessary to become an election judge in Maryland. Citizens must first register to vote, they must then notify county election officials of their willingness to serve as a judge and finally, they must attend one or two training sessions. In addition to these requirements, there are also additional eligibility requirements. These include: • Must be free to work all day on Primary or Election Day. • Must be able to withstand at least a 14-hour day of work. • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. • Must follow instructions concerning the election laws and the overall duties of manning a polling precinct. • May not be a candidate, campaign manager or a treasurer for a candidate 11 The AAUP sent out letters asking to County elections officials (mid-January, 2006) informing them of the Professors at the Polls initiative and asking them for guidance as to where they might need help. The AAUP also sent letters to presidents (late January, 2006) of Maryland colleges and universities asking them to encourage faculty to serve as election judges, to state legislators (late February, 2006) asking for their endorsement of the program, faculty senate presidents (late February, 2006), selected department chairs (March, 2006), deans (early March, 2006), AAUP members in Maryland (mid-March, 2006), and an electronic questionnaire to selected faculty around the state (mid-March, 2006). An additional AAUP letter was sent to college presidents asking them to announce the program at convocation in late July 2006. 10

Authors: Messitte, Zach. and Cain, Michael.
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prior to the summer.
Table 1 below shows the schedule of activities associated with
this program along with a time line for future planning purposes.
Table 1
Main Activity Schedule
November 2005
January 2006
February-June 2006
June-August 2006
Fall 2006
Initial recruitment of faculty via letter and e mail
Meeting at AAUP in Washington DC
Recruitment, outreach and registration activities
Volunteer process and training activities
Elections
Serving as an Election Judge in Maryland
Serving as an election judge in Maryland normally requires the completion of
different steps before one can work on Election Day. There are three steps necessary to
become an election judge in Maryland. Citizens must first register to vote, they must
then notify county election officials of their willingness to serve as a judge and finally,
they must attend one or two training sessions. In addition to these requirements, there are
also additional eligibility requirements. These include:
Must be free to work all day on Primary or Election Day.
Must be able to withstand at least a 14-hour day of work.
Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
Must follow instructions concerning the election laws and the overall
duties of manning a polling precinct.
May not be a candidate, campaign manager or a treasurer for a candidate
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The AAUP sent out letters asking to County elections officials (mid-January, 2006) informing them of
the Professors at the Polls initiative and asking them for guidance as to where they might need help. The
AAUP also sent letters to presidents (late January, 2006) of Maryland colleges and universities asking them
to encourage faculty to serve as election judges, to state legislators (late February, 2006) asking for their
endorsement of the program, faculty senate presidents (late February, 2006), selected department chairs
(March, 2006), deans (early March, 2006), AAUP members in Maryland (mid-March, 2006), and an
electronic questionnaire to selected faculty around the state (mid-March, 2006). An additional AAUP letter
was sent to college presidents asking them to announce the program at convocation in late July 2006.
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