It’s Election Day here in the U.S. I write this with some trepidation. There is so much misinformation, so much distrust, so much othering of each other. It is also an extremely important Midterm election, with a lot at stake.
But I’m not going to dive down that dark rabbit hole, where I’ve been spending all too much time of late. Instead, I want to express my gratitude to all of the citizens around this country who, despite some significant risks to their personal safety (a tragic and pathetic reality), are staffing election sites today. I have several friends here who are poll workers. They do an incredible public service.
From them, I’ve learned about the meticulous process of counting ballots, recording that data, sorting ballots by ward and precinct, and securely delivering the ballots to the City Clerk’s office. It’s a long, rigorous endeavor that takes many, many hours. To these civic-minded volunteers, I say a heartfelt thank you.
We have a lot to be grateful for in this country. It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure we participate by voting—and by respecting the election volunteers who give of their time and effort to ensure a fair and accurate count of those votes. Without their commitment, especially in times like these, we would be in dire straits, indeed.
Image: Elliott Stallion