Current mood: worried
Back in November, I was Judge of Elections for a local polling place. For those who do not speak Pennsylvania-ese, that means that I was in charge of a set of voting booths in one neighborhood. I oversaw the flow of voters and made sure things ran smoothly. Any problems were ultimately mine to resolve. I had help, of course, but I was in charge.
Things did run smoothly, even though it was my first time. I feared I might get mobbed, as there were some 3,600 registered voters in the district. By comparison, most other neighborhoods had 300 to 500. So, when they asked if I’d do it again, I said, sure, why not.
Today I found out why I might have wanted to give that a teensy bit more thought.
Yiiii!!! I’m going to have a staff of 12 -- twelve!! -- not the four-maybe-five I had in November. I’m not going to have four voting booths, but nine. I don’t really know how many people have since registered to vote in that district, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s over 9,000. (sorry...just hadda put that in there)
Anyway, I have a month to steel myself for this. This morning, I took one of a couple of training classes. Downtown at the county elections board, they well know that this one district is going to get the crap pounded out of it, which is why they’re putting so much firepower out there.
But still, there’s just li’l ol’ me in charge. *swallows hard*