Letter to the editor by Janet Dangler about poll workers
The Waterville Times, November 11, 2020
To the editor:
On Nov. 3, Election Day, I worked at the polls in the Town of Marshall with four other Election Inspectors. I'll let that sink in: five Election Inspectors, to ensure that the election was run smoothly and that everyone eligible got to vote. Five people to do this during what we were told was going to be — and was — one of the largest turnouts of voters in recent history. I'm sure Marshall wasn't the only voting district that was short Inspectors.
I have been working as an Election Inspector for 12 years, and I flat-out enjoy it: I love greeting and interacting with people, and seeing familiar faces (although it was hard to tell who was who with the masks) and I like the camaraderie and congeniality among the Inspectors. What would make the day go faster with fewer headaches is if more people volunteer to be Election Inspectors.
I won't sugar-coat it: it's a long day, the pay is not great, you may or may not get a lunch and dinner break depending on how many people sign up to work, the paperwork can be daunting, and there is the occasional complaint. But it. Is so rewarding — doing something for your community is hugely satisfying, and you get to work with some of the nicest people around.
If you voted, thanks from the bottom of our hearts. Please consider working as an Election Inspector in the future — you will not regret it, I promise you.
By the way, for those of you who were disappointed in the set up of the election in the Town of Marshall, and who felt uncomfortable while waiting to vote in the narrow hallway while those who had voted passed them, we are sorry. Our intention was for everyone to come in the front door and leave by the back door so that wouldn't happen, but it was not always possible to remind people once they voted which door to use; most are used to going out the way they came in and don't always read signs. We tried our best to keep everyone physically distanced.
Janet Dangler, Deansboro
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