Here’s my prediction for Georgia's Super Tuesday:
Regardless of who wins, we’re going to be swamped at my precinct. Maybe at yours, too.
Did you remember that poll workers set up the polls on Monday afternoon or evening, finish setting up Tuesday morning, power up the machines and set out all the signs before the polls open at 7:00? Once they are sworn in at 6 am, they can't leave the polling place until the very end of the evening. If we want meals, we have to bring them ourselves. I still bless the man who brought 5 large pizzas to us during the last presidential election.
Poll officials help people through the voting process all day long, deal with any questions or disputes, and take hourly counts to be sure the number of votes on the machines tally with the number of voters who have checked in.
After the polls close, they verify the voter-count, close the machines, pack up all the supplies, lock the bags that contain the critical paperwork, and clean up the precinct space.
After that the precinct manager and an assistant manager return the bags of supplies to the elections office.
They may, if they’re lucky, get home by 9:30 or 10:00.
When you vote, whatever day your state holds elections, be sure to thank your poll workers. I promise you, it will mean a lot to them.
BEEattitude for Day #511:
Blessed are those who volunteer to help their neighborhood, their county, their state. They shall have the satisfaction of a job well done.
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