Wednesday, November 05, 2014
You Should Thank Your Local Elections Office
In Northampton County, they managed somehow to put all kinds of complicated information together in an idiot-proof format for each judge of elections. When I had problems with voters who may have belonged somewhere else, the elections office answered the phone on the first ring, and came up with solutions in about thirty seconds. I had to send one young man away, who is registered nowhere in the state. But three other people were able to vote, thanks to the elections office telling them where they belonged.
After the polls had closed and I brought the returns to Easton, my work was over. Not the elections office. They will be going strong for the next several days, protecting your most basic right. They don't do it for the Democrats or Republicans. They do it because they believe in democracy. They believe in you.
Whether it is Tim Benyo in Lehigh or Dee Rumsey in Northampton, these are people who care. Without them, elections would be a disaster.
We take them for granted, and expect them to work for reduced health benefits, flat wages and reductions in other benefits.
That's just nonsense.
I'll be back to my regular miserable self tomorrow. I get nice when I'm tired, but a good night's sleep will cure me.