Just returned home around 9 p.m., Hubby and I, from a longgggggggg day at the polls today. We were awake before 5 a.m. to set up and be ready for 7 a.m. voting. The precinct we worked had about 1800 registered voters and nearly 700 of them came through the lines today and voted, 182 had voted absentee. So you can see our precinct had more than 40% voter turnout.
We occupied a hallway of a local fire station, set up 3 machines, and accommodated a table of community workers working on their issues. In other words, there was hardly an inch to spare. We worked almost non-stop but no one had to wait more than 3 to 5 minutes, and most waited not at all. I think we all (6 of us and 2 community workers) did a bang up job.
Interestingly enough, a large part of the turnout was older, but a good portion–perhaps 10-12%–were pretty young. Several were in their 80’s and 90’s, some needed assistance in reading the electronic ballots because of poor eyesight. I sure hope I’m able and willing to make such an effort to get out and vote when I’m 20 or more years further along than I am now.
It was good to have a variety of encouraging notes waiting in email today from my new blogging and cyberspace friends about the novel (or non-novel) effort for the month. I’ll be off to Las Vegas for a long weekend of R&R, and will be taking the laptop with me. Maybe I’ll get a few more words in then.
Meanwhile, hope all of you were healthy and able to get out and vote today.