Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Today I am grateful for Election Day observations. Himself and I just got back from voting. I leave soon to work some phones, but I couldn’t do so without listing my observations.
- We have never waited in line before to vote. We were in line for one hour and twenty minutes.
- Although the line and wait was excruciating, mostly because of some disorganization, no one minded. ALL were grateful for the large turnout.
- I have never witnessed so many elderly, physically handicapped, Asian, Hispanic, Black voters at my polling place.
- There were dozens and dozens of first-time voters, anxious to express their opinion through voting.
- It might be time to get some younger blood at the sign-in desks. Some of these people, although they might have been doing it for 40 years, should pass the torch. Many cannot hear a name, or see a name listed in the book.
- Although not necessary if you have voted before, putting your ID in front of the person looking for your name expedites the process. . .if they can’t hear. If they can’t see, either, best to say and show your name. (See number 5)
- I learned that as long as you are in a line to vote by 8 p.m., you will not be turned away. The polls remain open until all people who were in line on time have voted.
I have never before in my life felt that voting was more important than it was today.
I might have even shed a tear. I hope I’m not shedding more tomorrow. VOTE! Please! Exercise your right to complain about our elected officials. Voting is not just your right, or your privilege . . .it is your responsibility. But be prepared to stand in line. Pack a picnic. It’s worth the wait. And I thank you.