Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!
Trees are starting to get some leaves and everything’s turning green.
If we were having coffee, I’d say I’m glad that I worked as a judge for the Early Voting and local election, but I’m also glad it’s over. Wednesday was a delightful chance to sleep in and catch up. Our numbers increased the second week and the day before the election. It always shake my head as I see lines, often long, to vote at the ONE site that’s available the day before Election Day when the next day there will be 30 polling places available here on Election Day here. We had over 500 voters waiting in line on Monday and my polling place just had 75 from 6am to 7pm on Tuesday. I’m also surprised by the college age kids whose parents insist on telling them whom to vote for. One father I saw actually pushing all the choices on the screen, which isn’t allowed. When he was told that to receive assistance, his daughter had to approve via signing an affidavit saying that she needed help due to a language barrier or disability, he was the one father, who wouldn’t acquiesce. When asked what her disability was, the girl was silent and the father said it was because it was only her second time voting.
Huh? Somehow at age 18 I managed to vote solo.
We also had a woman who came to register to vote who was surprised to learn that as a non-citizen, she couldn’t. “But all my friends said it was okay.” Really? What’s going on? Do they not confirm with the federal government that people are actually citizens and thus eligible to vote? The vast majority of immigrants do know their status and how it differs from citizenship. Perhaps she was just confused. Anyway she did not vote at our polling place.
On election day turnout was low. It’s always low for municipal elections, although these officials greatly impact voters’ community. The judges behind us at the receiving station (where we had to deliver the memory card, ballots and other items) only had 8 voters all day.
I watched Whisper of the Heart, a charming coming of age story, which I highly recommend. I’ll soon post a review.
Easter was nice enough. I woke up early and went to church at 7am. Then I went to work for the election. After work, we went to dinner at my brother’s. My nephew who’s in law school came so I got to see two of my nephews. It was a warm, sunny day so we had drinks outside before dinner on their porch.