Daily Archives: October 15, 2008

Official Verdict

 
The verdict is in.  Hubby and I are officially old.  There are certain milestones that are unmistakeable.  Once you hit them, you just know that you are old, old, old.
 
We hit one of those milestones yesterday afternoon.  Figuratively not literally.
 
Hubby and I have been chosen by our local Board of Elections to be poll workers for the upcoming Presidential election.  Now, I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but around these parts the poll workers are senior citizens that have been working in the same precinct for years.  Once you get in, you’re there for life.  I had been trying for years to get on as a poll worker, but with no luck.  But somehow this year they accepted my application.  And Hubby decided he wanted to be part of the fun too.  We filled out our applications.  We went to a training class.  Then we waited for our assignment.  
 
We got the news yesterday afternoon.  It’s official.  We’ll be working at a precinct not far from our house.  And they will keep us in mind if (and when) a two spots in our precinct opens up.  For now, I’m excited that I get to be part of the fun on Election Night. 
 
It just hasn’t hit me yet that it’s going to be an extremely long day.  Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. 
 
One of the things we needed to do to prepare for the job was fill out an absentee ballot.  Just in case we weren’t assigned in our precinct.  That way we would still be able to vote.  Yes, we’ve done our civic duty and voted.  Now that I’ve made my decision and turned in my ballot, it’s pretty freeing to know that I can watch the debates and the commercials purely for entertainment value.  
 
No, I’m not going to tell you how I voted.  But I will tell you that you need to go out and vote.  Remember that the election isn’t just about the Presidential race.  It’s about the local school board that’s trying to pass a levy.  It’s about the local health department or the local parks district trying to get additional funding.  It’s about your local sherriff, your county commissioners, your state representatives.  It’s about state issues. Find as much information as you can and make an informed decision.  Remember, you can’t complain about the state of the government if you don’t exercise your rights as an American and VOTE!!

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