How being an election judge made me appreciate politics more
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I sighed heavily and gritted my teeth. I know the Election Judge policies and procedures confirm I should not say anything regarding people’s political choices, but this was different. This young man was arguing with his dad, then turned to me to ask, “Why should I vote when I don’t know anything about the candidates?” I’d quietly observed him when he walked in the door with his dad, mouthing every single word of a terrible mumble rap song.
I thought to myself, “If you had time to learn the lyrics to that song, then you have time to learn the basics of the mayoral candidates.” I shook my head and guided his father over to a booth so he could vote, while his son stood off to the side, impatiently.
Being an Election Judge in the last three elections has made me appreciate voting in a way that’s different than just mailing in my ballot and going about my day. Initially I did it because it seemed like an easy way to make $200 to $365 for a day of standing around. It turned out to be more involved and challenging than I suspected, so I’ve done it again and again. Whether you love talking about politics or run screaming from the room when someone brings it up, I think it’s a good idea for everyone to try it at least once. Here’s why.