Why I will never work the polls again
by Joe Vincoli
I used to enjoy working the polls. A chance to do something that had a civic value. A chance to build a sense of community.
After this election I will never work the polls again.
Since last Thursday I have had so many of my neighbors come up to me in the booth and express their contempt for me just because I am wearing an election vest.
They don’t know I live on the same street or in the same neighborhood. They think I am part of the 'big scheme'.
“It’s all rigged!”
They challenge every aspect of my work. They act as if they would spit on me if they could get away with it. Men and women alike. I live in a Republican district. 90% of the voters that I assist are Republicans. I am a white male. A registered Republican.
Until this week I had never known what it was like to be hated solely because of my appearance. My neighbors taught me what that feels like.
That’s why I won’t be working the polls in the future. And that’s why I won’t be a registered Republican any more, either.