Heavy-handed Pollsters at Recent PA Election
Original post made by Mystified Voter, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Nov 12, 2007
At about 6:30pm one of the precinct workers telephoned my home, asking for me. When I replied yes, this is her, I was asked if I had voted yet today. I replied "No, but thank you for the call" and hung up. Those calls have happened before, and I never thought much about them. As for my not voting last Tuesday, I had been ill for about a month and hadn't be able to research the issues/candidates. As such, I preferred not to vote rather than be an uninformed voter.
To my astonishment, about 7:30pm a woman from the local precinct (her name badge said Miki) rang my doorbell and asked me if I had voted yet. I said again, "No, I've actually been ill and I'm not voting tonight", and closed my door.
I'm sorry, but I can understand offering seniors a ride to the polls, but this knock on my door felt like an extreme and intrusive measure, given the fact that I had already responded to a telephone call. Isn't there some polling/precinct rule against this?