Yesterday I had an interesting experience. I worked at the polls. It was a long day. I had to be there at 5:15 A.M. and I didn't get home until about 9 P.M. I never once left the building.
friend of mine who is active in the political process in town called me
and asked me if I would serve. I worked in the presidential primary
election and I was a checker at the republican table. (Ironically, many
acquaintances who are familiar with my political leanings questioned
why I was on the republican side so I explained you go where you're
The job consists of confirming a person's identity, residence in town and registration in the political party you're working.
the most part everything went smoothly. Occasionally there were people
who were at the wrong voting place or who didn't know which party they
belonged to. (Not kidding. This happened a lot or they weren't
registered for either party. They thought all you had to be was a
registered voter to vote in a primary.) Eventually we straightened
everything out and moved on.
A few observations:
are more registered republicans than democrats in Newtown where I
live. While no one can see a completed ballot, the voters did talk
among themselves and even to me while waiting to get checked in.
Generally, I got the sense they were overwhelmingly Trump supporters.
Comments ranged from good old fashioned values to fixing the terrible
immigration problem to those terrible socialist democrats. In fact one
guy called over to the democratic table which was right next to the one I
was working and said their sign was mislabeled. It should read
socialists or communists! (I felt like telling him I was in fact a
democrat and he was a jerk but I figured I'd get in trouble.)
was no particular demographic that I could see-young, old, blue collar
or white collar. One thing they all had in common was they were white.
Another factor could have been level of education but that was hard to
tell. Besides having an education doesn't necessarily mean you're smart.
Another thing that caught my attention was the
number of people who had switched parties to vote in the republican
primary. I think that says a lot about the way people are feeling about
the political process these days.
As it turns out Donald
Trump won the Connecticut republican primary along with four other
states. He is most likely going to be the candidate to go to the
I'm wondering if I'll be asked to work
the big one. That would be an even longer day because the verification
process after the polls are closed is more involved and would take
longer. If asked, maybe I'll just take a pass. It would probably be
better if I did anyway because I might overhear some moron and make an