Election Day Etiquette
Every year I swear I am not working the election. The day is too long, the people are too mean, I still have laundry piling up. Yet every election day about 2PM I find myself chatting with my neighbors as I sign them in to vote. This year, I also had the pleasure of helping some of my students vote for the first time. Yay!
I am so happy that this day is almost done! I hope we get a reprieve from some election commercials until at least after Christmas.
Some observations about Election Day 2016:
- Poll workers are paid less than ten dollars an hour. It is a looooong day for us. Trust me, we are not here to make your life miserable. After 14 plus hours (depending on how slow your election board works, we are not here for foolishness.)
- Stop being a part of Hashtag Team Mumbles! When I was younger I shared a room with my sister. To drown out her music or television I used to listen to MY music or television with my headphones turned up loud. Alas, my ears suffer. I cannot hear well. Your mumbling mixed with attitude is not doing any of us favors. Speak up or prepare for me saying “Huh?” multiple times.
- Why do you feel the need to toss, throw, flick your identification at me? The law says that first time voters need to show ID. If this is not your first election, keep your ID in your pocket. While we’re at it, keep your attitude as well.
- If you are handing material out for a candidate, stand at least 10 feet from the entrance. First, it’s the law to stand AWAY from the door. Second, it’s common courtesy. Why do you think I want you shoving something in my face? I have made my mind up a long time before I came to the polls.
- I am still annoyed about Hashtag Team Mumbles. Seriously. Speak up.
- It is not disenfranchisement if you don’t know your precinct. All that talk about a voting plan? That includes knowing WHERE to vote. Remember that little blue letter you received a few weeks after you registered. That is pretty important. This tells you where to vote and what precinct you live in. Take a moment to read it. You will be glad you did.
- It is also not disenfranchisement if you leave your reading glasses home.
- Hashtag Team Mumbles. I’m still looking at you.
- Poll watchers/workers/people shilling for candidates. We are Democrat or Republican on two days a year: Primary Election and General Election. It is too cold to do more than have a friendly competition.
- Last, it is so not that deep. Remember when Obama (God I will miss his so!) ran for office and the world was supposed to end? Eight years later it has not. I suspect that this too shall pass.