A Day in the Life of a Poll Worker
5:45 a.m. – I pick up a box of coffee for myself and my fellow poll workers. I already have some fruit and other snacks to share. It’s going to be a 15- or 16-hour workday, so we’ll need all the help we can get. Despite the 5 a.m. wake-up call and the long hours, I avoid comparing myself to Ivan Denisovich. I volunteered for this, after all, and I always enjoy it. I have the blank ballots, scanner, and some other supplies in my car, and the rest of the equipment, like the voting booths, are waiting for us at the polling place.