Saturday, May 15, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1181, May 15th, 2010



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.


At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked the polls as an observer
for a particular candidate on election day several years ago. I was involved in an
incident/challenge regarding advertising within the polling place which occurred in one candidates home district. The animosity and assinine immaturity
on display was enough for me. Never again. My candidates won election and went on to totally embarrass themselves and their supporters. Enough said!


At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poll workers are a dying breed. These are the people that show up every election and it is a shame some of the younger voters do not want to take their place.

At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much has happenned to destroy the American peoples faith in and respect for the system and the politicians. Remember the election
Al Gore won. I am amused that we go to other countries to oversee and help with clean elections when we fail to accomplish the same on our own turf. The lack of interest
and willingness to volunteer is

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Al Gore lover like you Yonk. Gore didn't win his home state. If he won Tenn. he would have won and the other b.s. wouldn't have mattered. Get over it.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Pizza Pete said...

Only a simple mind would suggest "the other b.s. wouldn't have mattered." The other b.s. changed history and this country. We would not be in two wars and thousands of American service men and women would be alive and having an effect on life. Hundreds of thousands had their lives drastically changed/altered and only God knows what that change has meant. The rest of the story is just as dramatic but that's another very long story. To refer to a major change in history as "b/s/" is unbelievable. NO PIZZA FOR YOU!


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