Tuesday I did something I have never done before. I worked at my local voting precinct as a poll worker. It was a great experience, regardless of the long hours. My employer allows for one paid day of volunteer work each year, and I was allowed to use this as my volunteer day.
Although it was long (we arrived at 5:00 am and I left at 8:40 pm) the day went quite fast. We were bombarded at opening (6:00 am) and we had only one or two voters the last hour (we closed at 7:00 pm).
I enjoyed learning the process in my county, and I really enjoyed the interaction with others, given the fact that I work from home. There were 14 of us. Several were there for their first time. I will say it was a bit chaotic at opening, but people were understanding, and soon we got into our groove and a smooth assembly line process developed.
It was nice to see the voters and interact. Most were in good spirits, although a few were a bit stressed with election worry. I did my best to encourage, and to get folks taken care of. Although I felt the past week was very intense for me, oddly I felt more relaxed once the day was over. Most likely is was simply knowing it was over, and I had that good feeling of being a part of the process and helping out.
If you have never been a poll worker, and have the opportunity, I would recommend the experience. I met some great people, we worked together as a team, and I felt a part of something bigger than myself. I don’t know if I will do it again next election cycle. Maybe 😊
Until then, for those living in the US, may you be blessed with peace, regardless of your political views and may the next four years hold something wonderful for you. Look for it, expect it, find it.
And PS: Wearing the mask all day was not as tough as I expected!
“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”
~ Nelson Mandela
“Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Orison Swett Marden