helping out at the voting polls.

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Anyway, last election day, November 5th, I was an election page. In this post I’m going to discuss what I did, what I noticed and the experience as a whole. I know that I’ve been writing a lot about voting lately, but it’s because I have so much to say. Especially with this new experience, I want to share my thoughts and participation with the voting process. Let me know what other options I should discuss or if you want more voting things!


 

what is an election page? Essentially, I helped out the officers and helped keep the process going. I also interacted a little with voter as I made sure they knew where to go, what to have when they got to the front of the line, and passed out pens or whatever they needed. This was a great way to volunteer and see the voting process in action. I also made a friend, his name is mike, he swims and he’s my grandma’s age.

stickers. Clearly the most exciting aspect, I was entrusted with passing out stickers. As jokingly as I sound, seeing kids get excited about their parents voting, and parents having pride in their impact was so impactful. I’m sure to some kids, this was just a time consuming stop, but I saw genuine excitement and interest in others.

meeting candidates. I think one of the best parts of this experience was meeting candidates. Actually getting to talk to them and hear their ideas with emotion, instead of an informative piece online. A really interesting candidate was explaining to me her bold choice not accept a political party’s endorsement, because she doesn’t believe party politics should be involved in public school systems. I also got to see the impact of face to face campaigning and commitment some candidates had.

the actual process. People came in. I clicked my counter thing (the stuff they have at Disney in lines). I walked around and made sure each booth had what it needed. I handed out stickers. Answered questions. Told people to have their IDs ready. And observed.

what did I notice? I wasn’t planning on talking about this because I didn’t think I would see this in my own town. Unfortunately, I saw so many disappointed CITIZENS have to leave because they weren’t registered. And they didn’t know that Virginia doesn’t do same day registration + voting.

the experience. I had so much fun! I learned a lot about how the process works, different voting perspectives, and I’m definitely going to do it next year. It goes with out saying but, I definitely recommend volunteering as an election page or officer. Or even just going with your parents to vote if you can’t vote yet.

 


 

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