Election Day is near.
For local candidates, it’s the end of a long slog. They’ve created and mailed campaign literature, knocked on doors, and put up (and replaced) road signs.
For voters, it’s a quick but important chore. We head to oour polling place, fill in some circles, buy baked goods to support the PTA, and leave.
For poll workers though, it’s a work day.
The men and women who check voters in (and cross check their names), hand out and collect ballots, and make sure nothing improper happens, are important, if barely noticed, parts of the democratic process.
For many workers, sure, it’s a chance to see friends and meet strangers. Yes, they get paid. (Though probably not enough.)
Still, it’s tedious and repetitive.
So when you vote on November 5, thank every poll worker you see.
They get every vote for Unsung Heroes.