Unsung Heroes #164

This week’s Unsung Heroes selection is a no-brainer.

No matter what you thought of the election — and the months-that-seemed-like millennia run-up to it — you know one thing: We could not have voted without help.

I don’t mean help in choosing a candidate. If I never get another text saying “Daniel, this is Caroline from the xxxx campaign!” it will be too soon.

I mean the behind-the-scenes help. To the town clerk ‘s office; the League of Women Voters and other volunteers who compiled and disseminated information, and (of course!) the poll workers who braved COVID, closed-in indoor spaces and vague threats of disruption to ensure that democracy prevails: thank you. Many of those spending long hours are polling places were high school and college students. How great to get them involved — along with all the regulars, who have done it for decades. (Nice too how many people thanked them profusely.)

Staples High School senior Reed Caney volunteered as a poll worker yesterday, at Long Lots Elementary School.

And how about the registrars of voters? In a herculean effort this past Saturday, they opened approximately 8,000 returned absentee ballots. They rejected only 5 (!), because of issues like improper envelopes or missing signatures.

On Monday, they personally notified those 5 voters — and advised them to vote in person yesterday.

We’ve been through a lot this year. You helped bring a bit of normalcy into very uncertain times.

I know, I know. You don’t do it for the glory. (And certainly not for the pay.)

But that makes your work even more important, inspiring and incredible.

6 responses to “Unsung Heroes #164

  1. The team at Coleytown El where I voted were very professional and pleasant. Good Job!

  2. Marion Howard

    Yes! This!
    I was impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of all the unsung enablers that made this election so seamless. I chose to vote in person, even though I am in a high risk category for COVID19, because my daughter wanted me by her side as she cast her first vote in any election. The foresight and planning to protect us all, was evident. From the easy compliance with clear social distancing directives while standing in line outside, to the use of baggies to mitigate transmission from common surfaces, I was impressed and grateful for so much care and consideration to protect us all. Thank you!

  3. Dave Donnelly

    Dan Woog:

    You’re a true asset to the town / to the community for your spot-on shout-outs to our helpful townsfolk.

    Just wanted to let you know you are appreciated 🙂

  4. Having worked another state’s Election Protection hotline over the past couple of days, I appreciate all the more how well-run voting is in our town. There are so many steps at which the voting process can break down, and I have yet to experience any of them in all of my years of voting in Westport. Thank you to everyone who works behind the scenes and on the front line to make it that way, giving us confidence that the votes put in the drop box would be counted without issue.

  5. Couldn’t agree more with the oversight and professionalism of the poll staffers who I encountered, which included many young people, devoting their time and effort to this extraordinary election. Truly something we should be proud of.

  6. Bobbi Essagof

    Thank you So much for saving us from what we are seeing on TV going on in other places. Thank you too to the voters who did vote in person, (I was outside watching) for being kind, quiet and civilized. Of course that’s what we expect and should not need a thank you but in this day and age we know it does!