A day at the poll

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Random thoughts from a rookie election judge (17th precinct, Lincoln School): This was my third election, but I am still sorting out what needs to be done — 14-15 hour days seem never to end. It is a pleasure to see all of my neighbors in one place on one day.
Many people still do not understand that a primary is where you tell your party who you want running in the general election. The checks and double checks are complicated, but thorough and reasonable. Touch screen voting is fast and easy. Some people refuse to follow instructions. Unreasonable voters are few but seem to follow one another in spurts. We go out of our way to help out, but we have strict rules about how far we can go. Kids are interested in seeing what is going on and should be welcome into polling places.
Note: Early in the afternoon someone pulled a fire alarm box, and we all were required to leave the building. Three cheers for the teachers and students at Lincoln School. The teachers were in charge and kept perfect order. The students were orderly and followed instructions — no talking or rowdiness. Some things have changed! A big gold star for the Lincoln School staff and kids!
The false alarm was caused by a defective heat detector — no gold star there.
Ray Simpson
Oak Park

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