This is from my friend Mindy, who works in elections for a living. I will be one of those volunteers captaining a precinct in Northwest DC. I will rise at 4:30am so I can I be there at 5:45am, so that we can setup the precinct, then we’ll work til the polls close at 8pm, and then over an hour afterwards cleaning up, gathering the ballots for pickup and then waiting for pickup. It’s a 16 hour day Tuesday, after a 2 hour setup on Monday and 6 hours of training. Be patient with your pollworkers Tuesday.
People of Tumblr,
Some perspective for Tuesday from someone who works with local elections officials on a daily basis: Elections are run by people. There will be some glitches and snafus on Election Day, but the people who run these elections at the local level are, by and large, hard-working, dedicated people who at the end of the day are busting their collective asses to do their jobs well. They don’t wake up on Election Day and think about how they can disenfranchise you or swing the vote for one candidate or another. They wake up on Election Day (long before most of you will) and work all day and sometimes all night to make sure that you are able to vote without issue and then that your ballot is properly counted. Some of them will make mistakes, most of them won’t.
And those poll workers who may be moving slow, or can’t immediately find your name in the poll book? They are volunteers who have been working since before dawn and won’t be
If you do have a problem at the polls on Election Day, call over an official poll worker immediately (not one of the multitude of “citizen poll watchers”) and explain the problem to them, if you aren’t satisfied with their response, ask for a precinct captain. Don’t just leave and then complain about it on social media because once you leave the polling place, there is nothing anyone can do to help/fix the problem.
Of course all of this is for naught if you don’t vote, so, no matter who your candidate is, please vote on Tuesday if you haven’t already done so.
Mindy, an “elections geek” every day, not just the Tuesday after the first Monday of November every four years.