Civic Duty

Believe it or not, I’m still tired from my day at the polls.  I think it’s a combination of things . . . the 15 hour day at the polls, dealing with MIL (difficult is an understatement!), and having to work all week.  I think the next time I volunteer to be a poll worker, I’ll take the day after off.  The schedule for the day was as follows: 
3:00 a.m. – Alarm goes off.  Didn’t I just go to bed a few hours ago?  Had to take a shower, feed breakfast to Blacky and Luci, get dressed, load the stuff we would need for the day into Hubby’s truck, play with the doggies a little bit before we leave.  They’re going to be in the house all day so I wanted them to get a little exercise.  (Kindly Neighbor is going to let them out a couple of times during the day.)
5:00 a.m. – Hubby set this as our target time to leave for our polling place.  We had to be there at 5:30 and we live about 10 minutes away.  Have I ever told you that Hubby is obsessive about being at least 10 minutes early for EVERYTHING.  Okay, we actually left the house at 5:10 a.m. because I’m notoriously late for EVERYTHING. 
5:20 a.m. – We get to the polling place.  There are only two other people there.  The church lady in charge of helping us set up and the lead poll worker guy.  We get started setting up stuff.
5:45 a.m. – Our first voter shows up.  He can’t vote until 6:30, but he’s content to watch us as we set up the voting booths.  
6:30 a.m. – Polls open and there’s a line all the way out the door and up the sidewalk in front of the church.  If it keeps this up, it’s going to be a really long day.  The first rush last until about 9 a.m.  The average wait is 45 minutes.  
11:00 a.m. – After the first rush is over, there’s a steady stream of voters but nothing like what we had in the beginning.  We think that we will get hit with another rush during the lunch hour – when people will come to vote during their lunch hour.  We were disappointed.  There were maybe 10 people who came to vote between Noon and 1 p.m.  
3:30 p.m.  – The steady stream of voters continues throughout the afternoon.  Things are starting to pick up some and we start to think that maybe we will see more voters after 5 p.m.
5:00 p.m – Still a steady stream of voters but nothing at all like the morning rush and nothing like what we expected.  
6:30 p.m. – Things are really slow now.  We had two voters during the last hour the polls were open and the last voter showed up in the last 10 minutes before the polls closed.  
7:30 p.m. – The polls close and we start tearing down stuff.  Takes us about 35 minutes to get everything wrapped up.  We leave the polling place at 8:10 p.m.
8:15 p.m. – Stop at Burger King to get supper.  We were so tired that we stopped at the first place we passed.  
8:45 p.m. – Finally home, Blacky and Luci are happy to see us, we unload the truck, thank Kindly Neighbor for watching the dogs, and eat supper.
10:00 p.m. – Finally tired of letting Blacky and Luci in and out the back door for the last hour, Hubby and I go to bed.
It was a long day, but it was a lot of fun.  The best part was I didn’t have to watch any of the campaign commercials and we missed all the robo-calls. 
There were 5 messages on the phone when we finally got home.  Even though I’m still tired and my feet hurt, I will definately do this again.  

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  1. Beth

    You wore me out reading this.  I had voted early so I didn\’t have to deal with the long lines.

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