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September 11, 2007

September 11

As everyone knows, today’s the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Perhaps fittingly, I won’t be at work today; I’ll be helping our democratic process by working at my local precinct for the Nashville run-off election.

I’ll be a “machine operator”, which means that I take the application to vote, activate the voting machine, and instruct the voter on how to use it. Then I get out of their way.

I was supposed to work in the general election in early August, but that was the day we flew out of town to go west. The last election I worked (last November) was a busy one. It was the first election with the new machines, so no one was familiar with how they worked. To add to the confusion, there were about 13 or 14 screens that the voters had to go through in order to cast their ballot for all the races.

Even though our precinct had 6 or 7 machines, the wait time to vote was an average of 45 minutes. By law, anyone in line at the time the polls closed is still allowed to vote. So we didn’t finish voting until 8:00 pm or so. I think I finally got out of there around 9:45 pm, after having gotten there at 6:00 am. By the time I left, my voice was gone and I was wore out, since I didn’t have much of a chance to sit during the day.

Still, I’m looking forward to working the election again. And on this day, of all days, it’ll be more meaningful.

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