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Working the polls on Election Day for some cash

September 14th, 2016 at 12:24 am

Last Saturday I got a 40-page document to edit from a freelance client. Editing her work is always slow-going as there are a lot of punctuation issues.

Anyway, I was plodding along today and she sent me ann email asking how it was going; I told her I was not quite halfway through and did she have a specific date she needed it by. She replied back she had to send it in tomorrow at 2! I had figured I'd wrap it up by the end of the week.

I was able to finish it up today, thank goodness.

This morning I attended a meeting at the registrar's office about working in the polls on Election Day. Yes, I will be paid $175, but the day will stretch from 5:15 a.m. to 9 p.m., we cannot leave the premises for any reason, yet they don't have a fridge or stove to make lunch or dinner. (My district votes in the middle school gym.) So you must bring your meals in a cooler or have someone you know bring you food during the day, but for voter fraud purposes, they would have to bring you the food when they come to vote, because once they vote, they won't be allowed back in again.

My cats will be fed in the morning but then go without their normal meals til I get home.

I've done this before; the hardest part for me is getting up that early; by November, it will be dark, too, which I hate. I'll have to use an alarm clock. But (sigh) I am a master at making money when I don't have any, and this was one of the little tricks up my sleeve through my long period of unemployment during the recession.

They're expecting a 90% turnout because it's a Presidential election.

5 Responses to “Working the polls on Election Day for some cash”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow. That sounds like a long, tough day. PB & J, apples, nuts, might be good options to help you get through the day.

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    It is good that you have gained skills in learning alternative forms of income when needed. I certainly wouldn't have thought of working at a polling booth.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    Yea, it will be a long day, frugal texan. Thanks for the food ideas; I am sure I will use them all. One consolation is the polling place is a mile from my house.

    Oz girl, yes, it was inspiration born of desperation. You name it, I did it: poll worker, selling my gold jewelry, focus groups, university clinical studies, mock jury panels, selling plants growing in my yard, even. Not to mention credit card bonuses, selling firewood from fallen trees here

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Wow that is a super high turnout rate! Good for your town to see the importance.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, I expressed the same thought to the registrar and she said my town won some kind of award becus it got the highest turnout rate in the state.

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