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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:  Salisbury University Harry Basehart, Carolyn Bowden, Susan Cabral, Cynthia Cooper, Steve Gehnrich, Maarten Pereboom (F), Melanie Perreault, Gaylord Robb (F), Carol Hagar, William Humphries, Jeff Webb, Debbie Wilkins, Barbara Benton (A), Jeremiah Hosford (S), Matthew Jackson (Students) St. Mary’s College of Maryland Michael Cain (F), Zach Messitte (F), Michael Becraft (A)* 15 Peg Duchesne (Alumni President) University of Baltimore Dr. Lore Naylor (F), Dr. Dennis McGrath (F), John Willis (F)* University of Maryland College Park Judy Hallett (F)* 16 University of Maryland Eastern Shore Kathryn Barrett-Gaines (F)* *Indicates did not serve as election judge; F = faculty, A = administration or staff and S = Student 4. Lessons Learned from Maryland Professors at the Polls As noted earlier in this report, statewide interest in this project, the limited financial investment necessary to administer the program, and the overwhelming need for innovative recruitment techniques, provide important justifications for continuing this kind of program. This section considers both potential obstacles for the future success of this or similar programs as well as improvements that can enhance the influence of faculty volunteer efforts on problems associated with elections. This also section attempts to draw lessons from this program based on personal observation, discussions with volunteers, and responses to questionnaires sent to all faculty and staff participants. 17 Effort and personal costs to volunteers should not be minimized. The costs associated with volunteering for poll work presents serious obstacles to faculty members (and possibly students). Some costs are faced by anyone who volunteers. As almost every respondent and participant mentioned, the length and inflexibility of the time 15 Michael Becraft trained to be an election judge but took a job out of state in August 2006 and did not serve. 16 Judy Hallett helped with the initiative but served as a precinct captain and not an Election Judge. 17 For the combined responses of participants in the Maryland Professors at the Polls questionnaire, see Appendix F . 13

Authors: Messitte, Zach. and Cain, Michael.
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Salisbury University
Harry Basehart, Carolyn Bowden, Susan Cabral,
Cynthia Cooper, Steve Gehnrich, Maarten
Pereboom (F), Melanie Perreault, Gaylord Robb
(F), Carol Hagar, William Humphries,
Jeff Webb, Debbie Wilkins, Barbara Benton (A),
Jeremiah Hosford (S), Matthew Jackson (Students)
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Michael Cain (F), Zach Messitte (F), Michael
Becraft (A)*
Peg Duchesne (Alumni President)
University of Baltimore
Dr. Lore Naylor (F), Dr. Dennis McGrath (F), John
Willis (F)*
University of Maryland College Park
Judy Hallett (F)*
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Kathryn Barrett-Gaines (F)*
*Indicates did not serve as election judge; F = faculty, A = administration or staff and S = Student
4.
Lessons Learned from Maryland Professors at the Polls
As noted earlier in this report, statewide interest in this project, the limited
financial investment necessary to administer the program, and the overwhelming need for
innovative recruitment techniques, provide important justifications for continuing this
kind of program. This section considers both potential obstacles for the future success of
this or similar programs as well as improvements that can enhance the influence of
faculty volunteer efforts on problems associated with elections. This also section attempts
to draw lessons from this program based on personal observation, discussions with
volunteers, and responses to questionnaires sent to all faculty and staff participants.
Effort and personal costs to volunteers should not be minimized. The costs
associated with volunteering for poll work presents serious obstacles to faculty members
(and possibly students). Some costs are faced by anyone who volunteers. As almost
every respondent and participant mentioned, the length and inflexibility of the time
15
Michael Becraft trained to be an election judge but took a job out of state in August 2006 and did not
serve.
16
Judy Hallett helped with the initiative but served as a precinct captain and not an Election Judge.
17
For the combined responses of participants in the Maryland Professors at the Polls questionnaire, see
Appendix F
.
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