I’m Working the Polls Tomorrow

It’s a relatively small election so I’m anticipating a very quiet day, but I will also be working the general election on November 8th. That should be INSANE, and therefore, fun. Except, Trump has threatened sending poll watchers everywhere, which is his right. I doubt he’s going to spend the money to send them anywhere near everywhere, but it would be easy enough to have them show up around the city.

That would not be fun. One of the best parts of working the polls is how positive everyone is. People feel good exercising their right to vote and there’s always a lot of good will floating around poll sites, even when things go wrong. (And I don’t blame people who get mad when things go wrong, like they’ve been dropped from the poll lists, if it happened in error.) This good will transcends party lines usually. Republicans and democrats behave similarly on election days, and are equally nice to be around and to serve.

But poll watchers from the Trump camp, I’m guessing, would be adversarial and antagonistic. I believe they could make a generally wonderful experience awful.

A shot of the yearly Tribute in Lights from my window last night.

Tribute in Lights, 2016

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “I’m Working the Polls Tomorrow

  1. Stacy:
    I’ve never told this to ANYONE: I always tear up a little when I vote. Right when I mark my ballot (we don’t use voting machines here in Canada). Always feel like a bit of an idiot when I hand my ballot to the polling station worker. I worry they’re going to ask me if I’m OK.

  2. Meaning can come in many places. I find it hard to sing the national anthem, both Canada’s and the USA’s, without tearing up. A whole lot of us gathered on Parliament Hill a few days after 9-11 and spontaneously started singing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ (just the first verse of course!) Tears were rolling down my face. The right to vote can evoke passions in all sorts of people. Who cares what the workers think! 😉

  3. The workers understand, really. Nora, I feel the same way, and I can tell you from watching, many people do. It’s what makes working the poll so nice. People always walk out happy, almost everyone thanks us as if we had something to do with how they feel, but it’s the power of the vote.

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