Heavy-handed Pollsters at Recent PA Election
Original post made by Mystified Voter 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?
on Nov 13, 2007 at 5:47 am
Boy, do you have my sympathy. I once sat on one of those phone banks calling people to get out and vote and swore I would never do it again. They are rudely intrusive. Anyone running for Office should take note and forego the phone bank scenario.
Incidentally, in my case it was a real estate company who loaned us the offices and the phones. I wonder which candidate's committee called you. It was probably facilitated by a local real estate company.
on Nov 13, 2007 at 1:09 pm
I think this was the union effort behind one or more city council candidates; I got a call from someone to ask if I had voted (I had!) but I don't think it's any of their business either way, however they mentioned one candidate they were supporting
on Nov 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm
They were probably from the Yeh/Espinosa campaign, not precinct workers. I also received two calls that evening. The first one I answered briefly. The second one -- different caller but same script -- identified who they were calling on behalf of when I pressed them for information.