The Post-Election Wind-Down

November 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

So now that I’ve had a few days to process Tuesday’s outcome and can string together more than a few coherent sentences, I wanted to post some of my musings from Election Day.

Working the polls was long but fun. We had a huge rush of voters when the polls first opened at 6:00 a.m. and another small rush around dinner time, with a steady trickle of voters throughout the rest of the day. The district I was working in had a 90% voter turn out and a good amount of first-time voters, which was awesome. I was proud of all the first-timers and remembered how monumental it felt when I voted for the first time four years ago. I was surprised at how many people had no idea which voting district they belonged in, though. Our polling place held two districts — 6 and 9 — for the same development, divided by street name. The town itself was divided into 10 districts, spread between 5 or 6 different polling places. I would estimate that 60% of all the voters who turned out at our polling place on Tuesday had to be redirected to the right district. My favorite was asking people for their street address to help them figure out their district; most people replied with either, "Uh, Lumberton…?" or "Bobby’s Run…?", the name of the development for both districts 6 and 9. Thanks for stating the obvious; now help me out with some specifics so I can figure out which of the 9 other districts you belong in! Despite the constant *headdesk* moments, though, I’m glad that I had the experience. It was fun to feel like such a part of the process on such a historic night.

And now, whether you voted Republican, Democrat, or third-party; whether you believe that our President-elect is a terrorist-endorsing socialist or that he is the next John F. Kennedy; whether you fear or celebrate what’s ahead in the next four years, I hope that we can lay aside some of our differences and recognize the sheer gravity of the social and historical impact of Tuesday’s outcome. That is hopefully something that everyone can celebrate.

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