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Chair of Election Board Visiting Polls

Errol Arthur, chairman of the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, spent the day visiting polling places.

In an interview at Banneker Recreation Center in Northwest, Arthur said the response for volunteer workers for this election was overwhelming. Normally the board trains about 1,500 poll works for an election but this time they trained 3,300.

Arthur said that in addition to the workers processing the voters once they are inside the polling place, volunteers were trained to also talk to voters outside waiting in line, to spot anyone who is elderly or needs assistance, and to let voters know approximate wait times for paper and electronic ballots.

The election board also put two election technicians at each of the city's 143 polling places instead of just one.

"We have made an extra effort to be proactive for this historic election," Arthur said.

Volunteer Andreas Smith, 27, a culinary student who lives in Columbia Heights, said he wanted to work this election because he wanted to talk to his neighbors and help out on an election he considered historic. Compared with the other volunteers, he was younger by several decades, and it would be his first-time voting.

Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race  
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