Election Day in El Salvador Part 2
Be began our day as election observers in a small town north of San Salvador. The poll workers arrived before 5:00 AM. As soon as the police arrived we were ready to go, opening up for set-up just after 5. The process of setting up is coordinated by each voting table group. Groups set up their areas (in classrooms, since we were at a school) and table-by-table receive their voting boxes. The team carefully opens the box, inventories the contents, and sets up for voting. The polls open at 7:00 AM. Here are a few images from the opening process at our site:
|Table teams waiting to receive their boxes.|
|The vigilantes keep an eye on all aspects of the process.|
|The table president takes the box to the assigned room.|
|Each member of the table team needs to sign the document|
indicating that they received the box in tact.
|The process was slow at our site, which was a very large site,|
causing some teams to scramble at the end.
|The voting booth - our site had some steps near the classrooms, so|
those with difficulties walking and older folks were able to vote
at one of two accessible tables in the courtyard.
|This is the team which I observed during set-up. Everything needed is|
in the box, from tape to pens to ballots to a garbage bag. At this moment, I was
observing to be sure the ballot box was empty as it was being assembled.
|Notice how the vigilantes keep a close eye on everything. This|
helps to keep everyone very honest.
|This was one of the last rooms to get its box. The cardboard stand outside|
each room holds the list of voters for that room.