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Letter: Poll workers take care on Election Day

Voters turnout to cast their ballots Tuesday morning,

Voters turnout to cast their ballots Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, 2014, on Election Day at Hampton Bays Middle School in Hampton Bays. Credit: James Carbone

I would like to defend the work of the county boards of elections [“NYC audit of polling problems,” News, April 20].

I’ve been a poll worker for several years. I had to attend special classes with other poll workers to learn the intricacies involved in serving voters. Before being allowed to work, we had to pass a written examination of our knowledge.

This year, we were shown a video about how to open and close our voting sites. We had to report for service at 5 a.m. and were not dismissed until 10:30 p.m. because of the large amount of paperwork.

To improve the procedures, I recommend enlarging the print on ballots to negate the use of magnifying glasses, and making instructions clearer for voters. The ballot for registered Democrats, for example, asked those who voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders to register their choice of six delegates. There were only five delegates listed in our voting district.

Howard Churtek, Fresh Meadows