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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:  of the initiative, made a short presentations to an audience of about 100 legislators, lobbyists, faculty, staff and students. A second event in Annapolis was coordinated in February at an annual legislative reception. Surrounded by the new Diebold touch screen voting system and an information booth with posters describing Maryland Professors at the Polls, the Co-Director briefed state lawmakers on the initiatives. State officials who stopped to talk with Professor Cain included, among others, the President of the Senate, Mike Miller (D-Calvert), Delegate John Bohanan (D-St. Mary’s), St. Mary’s County Commissioner Thomas Mattingly (D- St. Mary’s), and former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel. In addition to the outreach to Annapolis, The Center raised awareness of the initiative through the media, by creating a web site and by email and phone conversations with faculty across the state. 10 In the late spring of 2006, directors sent out deadlines to all volunteers regarding poll worker training and encouraged faculty to send forms to their respective county election offices in order to serve as an election judge. Given the timing of Maryland’s September primary, just two weeks into the fall semester for most higher education institutions, it was critical to link up to faculty prior to the end of the spring 2006 semester, even though the election was still months away. Mandatory election judge training takes place in Maryland during July and therefore recruitment and registration needs to be complete prior to the end of the spring semester. Believing that faculty would be hard to reach during the summer when school was out of session, a concerted effort was made to contact faculty from January through May, and register them as poll workers 10 http://www.smcm.edu/democracy/offerings/profatpolls.htm , (Accessed: January 17, 2008) 9

Authors: Messitte, Zach. and Cain, Michael.
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of the initiative, made a short presentations to an audience of about 100 legislators,
lobbyists, faculty, staff and students.
A second event in Annapolis was coordinated in February at an annual legislative
reception. Surrounded by the new Diebold touch screen voting system and an information
booth with posters describing Maryland Professors at the Polls, the Co-Director briefed
state lawmakers on the initiatives. State officials who stopped to talk with Professor Cain
included, among others, the President of the Senate, Mike Miller (D-Calvert), Delegate
John Bohanan (D-St. Mary’s), St. Mary’s County Commissioner Thomas Mattingly (D-
St. Mary’s), and former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel. In addition to the outreach
to Annapolis, The Center raised awareness of the initiative through the media, by creating
a web site and by email and phone conversations with faculty across the state.
In the late spring of 2006, directors sent out deadlines to all volunteers regarding
poll worker training and encouraged faculty to send forms to their respective county
election offices in order to serve as an election judge. Given the timing of Maryland’s
September primary, just two weeks into the fall semester for most higher education
institutions, it was critical to link up to faculty prior to the end of the spring 2006
semester, even though the election was still months away. Mandatory election judge
training takes place in Maryland during July and therefore recruitment and registration
needs to be complete prior to the end of the spring semester. Believing that faculty would
be hard to reach during the summer when school was out of session, a concerted effort
was made to contact faculty from January through May, and register them as poll workers
10
, (Accessed: January 17, 2008)
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