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Working the Polls

Poll Workers Are An Important Part of the Elections.

Poll Workers Are An Important Part of the Elections.

Photo Courtesy of Porter County, IN

Poll Workers Are An Important Part of the Elections.

Photo Courtesy of Porter County, IN

Photo Courtesy of Porter County, IN

Poll Workers Are An Important Part of the Elections.

Joan Fogel, Staff Writer

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General elections are coming up. As November 6 ticks ever closer, the tensions rise between each party to win power over the government through the senate. America’s very future could be at stake; this is certainly one of the most important, hair-raising general elections we’ve had in a while. This is the time where America decides if it’s going to favor Republican rule, or overthrow them with the Democrats.

Amidst all this of chaos, many people forget to thank those working behind the red curtain. As we all are focusing on the main stage politics, we don’t see the hard-working volunteers who make the voting process possible.

The polling stations set up across Orange County, and indeed, the nation, are all run by volunteers. These volunteers take the time to make sure each vote is accounted for, to create a safe place for voting, and to set up the booths and signs as needed. They wake up at six in the morning, working all the way through to eight o’clock when the voting closes. But wait, there’s still more to do! The poll workers need to count all the ballots, clean up, disassemble the booths, and take down all the signs. That usually adds another hour, meaning they go home at 9 o’clock p.m after a long, hard, tedious day helping voters out. In all, poll volunteers work up to a fourteen full hours on Election Day!

There are some upsides to working the polls. The volunteers are allowed breaks when it’s not so busy, and by the end of it all, they’re paid $120. They play a huge role in the elections, and so often go overlooked. Next time you go out to the polling stations, whether you’re voting or just there with a family member, take the time to appreciate and thank them for the work put into it all.

Joan Fogel, Staff Writer

Joan Fogel is a Sophomore here at Los Alamitos High School. She is an ardent writer and passionate reader. She'll consume just about any book she can get...

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