Working the election
Early voting has started here in NC and I am working the election. I work about 12 hours a day, come home, make my meals and pick out my clothes for the following day, and go to bed. I get up the next day and do it all over again. Then I repeat this routine for 13 days straight. But you know what? I’m enjoying myself!
About a year ago a group of friends and I were discussing the upcoming election and the condition of the country. One person asked, well what can we do to become involved? No one really had an answer to the question and the conversation went to a different topic.
Shortly after that, Jim and I moved to a different town. During the changing of my driver’s license address, there was information about becoming an election official. With the previous conversation still on my mind, I went ahead and signed up.
Am I changing the course of history by working the election? No. But I can answer questions with a relatively informed answer and I am watching how the process works. To the best of my ability, there will be nothing questionable happening at my voting location. I want to be able to honestly say that, “My location is beyond reproach, and I know because I was there.”
I do not believe that anyone else in the above mentioned group has gotten involved with the election this year. Why not? Maybe they are too busy, or maybe they just didn’t know of a way to become involved.
What about you? Are you involved in the election process? Are you trying to make a positive difference in our country? Perhaps you will be someone who will change the future! Don’t know how to become involved? Here’s a couple ideas…
• Work with the board of elections
• Run for public office, it doesn’t have to be a major office, but one you would be comfortable and confident in
• Do your research and VOTE
Even though working this election is long hours for a number of days, it’s not a fulltime job, and after a couple of weeks, you can go back to your regular routine. It’s not that difficult and you meet all sorts of interesting people. If you are a people person or a computer person, you will love it!
It’s too late for this year, but next time an election comes around, won’t you consider working the election? Contact your local Board Of Election (BOE) office for more information.
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*