My experience as a Poll Clerk

Well yesterday for the elections I was working at a poll station as poll clerk! It was a quite nice experience! I got to see the inside of the electoral process.

In the Outremont area I was teamed up with a man (not too young, not too old) and we got along great! I had the task of keeping the electoral lists up to date, crossing out names of voters as they came. My teammate handled the long ballot papers with the 11 candidate names (a national record…). During the day we chatted also with the Liberal party representative that was sitting at our table. I was happy to see the amount of people who came out to vote! Young first time voters (or new Canadian citizens voting here for the first time), students, adults, grannies and grandpas, people in wheelchairs, someone with a Mira dog for the blind, 1 Dutch person with whom I got to exchange a few Dutch words, etc. And that everyone seemed in a good mood, no one were rude/in a real hurry to vote/annoyed. Also during the day I met two of the candidates in the Outremont riding, François Pilon of the Green Party as well as Daniel Fournier of the Conservatives. I was surprised how strong and energetic Fournier’s handshake was! Ouch! My hand felt squished even a few seconds after the handshake! Counting at the end was quick, once again my teammate and I were very effective! And we were the first to leave after getting all the paperwork done! So the results are in for Outremont… Jean-C. Lapierre of the Liberal Party re-elected. What’s funny is that my box gave a totally different result! But it’s combining all the boxes of that area that give the final result. I got home at 23h30 and couldn’t go to bed right away. I needed some time to clear my mind from that long day of work! Otherwise I would have be dreaming about ballots, Lauzon, electoral lists, Léonard, etc.

I’m glad I got to participate in our electoral process. It’s neat that it’s real citizens that handle everything. And not machines or even worse people put in place by parties…

3 Comments so far

  1. Dan :: (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    Great job getting involved Christelle! Inspiring…

  2. Liz (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    Fournier is a former CFL football player, maybe that explains the handshake :)

  3. Christelle (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    haha! that’s interesting liz.. i didn’t know! it could indeed explain his strong handshake!

    and thanks Dan, maybe next time we could team up at a polling station! ;)

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