The LuLac Edition #1181, May 15th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: OUR "INTERVIEW" LOGO.
With the election coming up fast and furious I decided to do a quick interview with a local person who has been an election worker for over 40 years.
Q: How did you start doing this?
A: When I first got married and moved here they needed a person to escort people in and out of the polling place. Every year they just kept calling and one year I got elected Judge of Elections. Been getting the same job since.
Q: How’s the pay?
A: Terrible but I can’t get anyone to take my place. The young people don’t want to step up.
Q: How is it on Election Day? Tense?
A: Only during the local elections. The School Board and Supervisor races are real competitive.
Q: Your favorite election in terms of the excitement level on a national basis?
A: Believe it or not 1980 with Reagan. An old timer told me (laughing), now I’m the old timer, anyway this old timer told me that it reminded him of 1960.
Q: The most boring for you?
A: Reagan again but this time in ’84. In the old days before the ‘puters (editor’s note, he meant computers) we all got home early on landslides.
Q: How’s turnout now as opposed to when you started in 1970?
A: It’s gone down every year. It’s sad.
Q: Are you concerned?
A: I’m worried because people are voting less it seems but knowing less. Some of the conversations I hear, they are really, really something.
Q: How long are you going to keep doing this?
A: Until they replace me.
Q: C’mon, you’ll have to give up those perks, getting up at 6am, standing on your feet for 13 hours, all the coffee and donuts you want……
A: And don’t forget the chance to meet all my lady friends in the neighborhood.
Q: There ya go. Can’t forget about them.
A: And the donuts are tasty.
Q: Seriously thanks for doing this on Election Day.
A: It is my honor. I guess that makes me what you kids call “old school”.
Q: I’m not a kid, I’m right behind you.
A: Well you seem like a smart guy. Is this going to be in the paper?
Q: No it’s on the Internet.
A: Oh, then I have to go over my daughter’s house. She’s the one with the ‘puter.