Tuesday, February 22, 2011
It Counts. Seriously!
I work in elections. I've had two elections in the past 2 weeks, both of which shows the power of a vote.
First - a smaller town council election. Although there were 5 people in the race, the final results were down to a man and a woman. The man won at the polls. The woman won the absentee voting. But because of her 11 absentee votes, she won the overall race by 4 votes. FOUR VOTES. OH MY GOSH.
The people speak. And history is determined. I love it! And it's so exciting to be part of the process and watch it all unfold in front of your eyes. However, it's also exhausting and can mean some very long nights. Today was a 15 hour work day for a very small election (24 of 89 precincts). Last general election for a state-wide election - 5:30 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. the next morning. Almost a 24-hour day!!! And we had to be back at work by 8 a.m. - only 5 hours after we left.
So, people. VOTE. SERIOUSLY. VOTE VOTE VOTE every chance you get. Because especially in the smaller elections, one vote can completely change history. :)
Ok, off my soap box and into my bed. Night!