Lots of old-school political volunteers get it in their heads that the election activities they’ve always done are the most effective things. Lit-drops, driving around putting yard signs on highway medians, standing at the polls distributing party literature on Election Day – none of these things are effective uses of anyone’s time. Obviously you’d rather have a volunteer do these things for you than not do anything. But some people are reasonable and open to persuasion that doing something different from what they’ve always done would be more helpful to their favorite candidate.
Just to amplify Gort’s point, Democratic County heads should specifically try to minimize the amount of time volunteers are wasting at the polls:
What a waste of time. For the most part people going to vote have their minds made up so somebody handing a card in front of the voting place is not going to persuade them. A better use of volunteers is to identify your voters and make sure they get to the polls. Call them , give them a ride or whatever it takes.
The only poll worker that matter’s is the candidate in a local election but that could cut both ways . A few years ago I was impressed by a School Board candidate that I met on the way in and voted for the guy. The flip side is I talked to a candidate for a local office and he was clueless so I didn’t vote for him.