Tuesday, October 9, 2012
|Homecoming elections are done. |
Thanks Orange County Registrar of Voters
for running them.
What were those comments? (I took the names off to help out their privacy)
Why do we do our elections so fancy these days?
|Students waiting to vote|
In many south county schools parents feel that schools are fixing election and their son or daughter was kept from achieving their High School dream of being Queen or King (look I'm not judging, but it seems a bit odd right?) Although that is far from the truth at Loara High School, as I really don't have any real buy in to who wins or loses, there are those that really think it happens. So, with the help of the OC ROV electronic machines there can be no doubt.
How do elections run these days? We allow the entire school to nominate who they want on the ballot, we have a committee to tally all those ballots, all 2600 of them, and then send the names off to the OCROV (all ballots are then locked into the safe in case anyone feels the count is off, I'll let em count them themselves). We have been doing the tally system for the last 23 years I've been at Loara (and I remember a similar system prior).
Here is where it changes, we used to spend quite a bit of money and time on Scantrons and handing them to everyone for them to bubble in the answer. Scantrons cost about $200 - $400 an election, and took about 1 hour to run after school. Our change using the MyBallot system is we agree to a time they will come onto campus to set up their 48 electronic machines, they bring in 5 or so of their employees along with 5 of our students and an electronic election is held. Seniors come out during one period during the day, Juniors come out during another, Sophomores during another and Freshmen yet another. Once all that chose to vote do so (this ends at the end of lunch) then a guy wearing a tie carrying a briefcase, a computer and a printer comes onto campus, plugs all the tallying machines together and within 5 minutes we have an answer.
This has allowed us a lot of freedom in the way we announce the court and has freed us up from expense and time. I am truly thankful to Neal Kelley, who is the Registrar of Voters for Orange County, California, the fifth largest voting jurisdiction in the United States, serving more than 1.6 million registered voters. He has made elections accessible to schools and has helped Loara High School considerably in the quest to be community minded with their MyBallot program.