PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Now that we changed our clocks it sure gets late early.

If we’re going to mess with clocks I think we could choose a better time than 2:00 in the morning. Picture this: You’re out with friends having drinks and appetizers when the clock hits 6 PM. BAM! We turn the clocks back and get another round of Happy Hour.

Or, you’re at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Same thing, bam! Closing time is postponed for one more hour to soak in the hot pool.

This past election voters approved step one towards keeping Daylight Savings Time year-round. There is more to the process before it becomes reality, but there it is, my transition to the next topic. I volunteered at the Polls this year for the first time. Seeing the process at work was amazing, especially because of the high numbers of voters at the polls.

My assignment was at a Junior High where three precincts were in the same multi-purpose room. People were lined out the door off and on throughout the day. We got a lunch break around 11, after that none of us was able to leave our posts. No one complained about the wait. No one was in a rush. I saw voters of all ages proudly casting their votes.

Mind you, there was chaos. With three voting areas, it was a challenge keeping our people from voting at the other booths. It makes a difference. Citizens are allowed to vote outside their precinct but the names and issues may not match the booklet they bring in as a guide.

Over 1300 people came through my line that day. Others just dropped off their mail-in ballots. Polls close at 8 PM but anyone in line gets to vote. Our ending time was after 10 PM. It made me feel patriotic to watch all my neighbors come out and vote. I do know this; we should never change the clocks on election day.

Donna

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