Today was mainly tons of preparation for tomorrow, which is the primary day for Toledo residents. Basically, today was “the calm before the storm”. Tomorrow, we will have all of the Toledo City Council candidates on the ballot. Maumee is the only other city with primary elections (it’s only city council for both cities). Even though it’s an off-year election, we still expect tomorrow to be far busier than usual. Today the phones were already flooding with calls about people asking last-minute about what district they are and what candidates are running.
In preparation for tomorrow, we printed 100 voter registration forms. Many people, unfortunately, don’t have access to the internet. As a result, we have many people that stop in to register to vote here at the headquarters. To make it easier for them, we highlight certain parts of the form that they should not leave blank:
Today, I also worked on another spreadsheet. This spreadsheet listed every polling location for the primary election. Each polling location had its address listed, the number of machines at the location, which precincts it included, and the candidates on ballot. The column for candidates on the ballot was blank, however, so I filled it out.
I did this with the assistance of another spreadsheet that showed which precincts are in every district. If the precincts were in District 3, I put Gadus. If the precincts were in district 2, I put Cherry. However, if the precincts were in district 1, I simply put District 1. This is because this race does not have any candidate that has been endorsed by the Lucas County Democratic Party.
The spreadsheet also included which people from certain campaigns would be handing out the Democratic ballots. We have this so Democrats know who they are voting for. The City Council races are nonpartisan, so for people that always vote along party lines, they may need assistance to know who the democratic candidates are (there is no “D” next to the names of Democratic candidates).