Is Anyone Taking a Poll?

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.

[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256, in the Boston Gazette on April 16, 1781.]

Tomorrow, the State of California will be engaged in a primary election.

Each citizen that is registered will be given opportunity…

to practice a privilege that is necessary and sacred…

to the perpetuation of freedom.

I have always wanted to work the polls.

I guess you could say that it is something on my bucket list.

Thanks to my dear friend, Dawn Austin…

Son #2, my mother, and I…

will be doing just that tomorrow morning.

From 6:15 a.m. until 8:45 p.m.

In order to be qualified to be a part of this process…

you must attend a training.

Enter Mr. Ed Thomas.

Mr. Thomas is retired…

but was employed as the Election’s Coordinator’s Assistant…

in our county by the registrar of voters.

They called him to come and teach our class.

Let me say…

that the three of us attending…

ran the full gamut of emotion.

Mr. Thomas is a delightful, passionate instructor.

He’s funny, too.

You know how there are “those years”….

when your candidate of choice doesn’t win?

And you fall into the media spin…

that involves nothing but sour grapes…

riddled with conspiracy…

corruption…

and despair?

I’m certainly not saying that some of that doesn’t go on in every political system.

What I am willing to say after attending this 2 1/2 hour training…

is that more than ever…

I believe that the Founding Fathers…

through Divine inspiration…

gave us the greatest “experiment” in government…

to ever grace the world!

I left there wanting to sing “God Bless America!

I was in awe…

and amazed at the checks and balances that are in place…

in order to protect the accuracy and sanctity of your vote.

For those of you that are wondering…

how you could ever come up with a “Scholar Project”…

tune in on Friday for some inspiration…

that can be taken from this opportunity!

It’s not as difficult as one may think…

or have possibly been led to believe.

In fact…

in honor of our freedom to elect those that we want to political office…

I’m going to extend the giveaway of this necklace…

until Friday.

This means that you have two more days this week…

to make a comment!

Or two…

or twenty!

Some of you are really in love with this necklace!

I don’t blame you!

I’ll be wearing mine tomorrow…

since we’ve got our supplies…

our manpower…

our opinions!

And regardless of whether or not…

your state is voting in the primaries June 8, 2010…

let’s all thank God…

for those that have sacrificed all…

so that we can express those opinions freely!

See you Friday!
TeriSig




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  1. 1
    Joelle says:

    You are going to be a welcome addition to your local polling place, Teri! I only wish that I lived in your jurisdication so that I could see your smiling face at the polls! Send pictures please.

    Joelle

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    Teri Reply:
    June 9th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Well you are overly kind! It was a LOT of fun…can’t wait to blog about it for Friday, and I have a couple of pictures…along with some trivia! ;0)

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    Tammiejoe says:

    I hope you enjoyed working the polls. I usually vote absentee, but yesterday voted at the actual polls. I LOVED the electronic voting!

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    Teri Reply:
    June 9th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Some people love it and others….would rather have the ole’ pen and paper type! ;0)

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    Heather Remund says:

    What a wonderful opportunity you are providing son #2 to actively participate in our electorate system. I didn’t have those opportunities as a young adult and wish that I had. Politics was the touchy subject that no one in my family wished to share and now that I’m older and hopefully wiser I realize it was more a factor of being uninformed than unwilling to discuss. I can’t wait till Friday’s post to hear more.

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    christy says:

    I love my absentee voter status, lol. As the bugs age I will have to make a point to go to the polls- but as a one car family – voting by mail works for me right now. I bet you had a GREAT time working the polls!!!

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    Stephanie says:

    Great necklace and great work! Good for you, again!

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    Stephanie says:

    I’m an absentee voter, as well, but such a procrastinator that I always end up taking my absentee ballot to the polls. :) Best of both worlds. ;)

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