Working the polls that is. 5:30 am to 8:00 pm, with an hour break for lunch, is a long day.
Fortunately the voting went extremely smoothly. We had a steady flow all day, with only a couple minor back ups during lunch hour and right after work. Got a voter turnout of over 65%. Pretty remarkable, considering this was not a Presidential race.
Everyone, every single voter, had ID. (This was the first election in which voters had to bring id.) I don't know if that means that folks without ID just didn't come, or if the election commission had gotten the message across loud and clear -- I suspect the latter as several people turned up with several forms of ID just to be sure at least one of them would be acceptable. Also, a couple people were obviously waiting to see if we were going to ask, and pleased when we did. One person kind of shook her head about the sad fact that it was needed, and other than that, people were pretty much matter of fact about it.
It was, all in all a good day. The people I was working with were interesting and affable. The voters were friendly and pleasant, even when they had to wait a bit to vote.
There were a couple minor glitches -- one of our cards stopped working reliably and we had to retire it. But that didn't impact anyone's ability to vote -- though a couple people had to come back and get it reloaded with the ballow, and one person had to get a new card.Personal, Politics