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I decided to make this (brief description about my election day experiences) un-private.  It's still funny thinking about election day.  And there's so much more I didn't write about 'cause I thought it was inappropriate.
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I may never get to writing up the entirety of the adventure that was Election Day, but I will say this:

The only Orthodox election judge in my precinct asked me if I was married, and then proceeded to mentally run through his list of clients (he's an accountant) to see if any of them were single young men. That was at about 7 am (I think his plan was that if they came to vote that day, he could point them out to me.) He wasn't even too dissuaded when I told him I'm not religious.


when I hopped over to the other side of the gym to vote (since I was working for a different precinct than I live in), the person checking me in goes...OH. YOU'RE JACKIE'S DAUGHTER....WHAT? It turns out they'd all expected me to be a Republican, 'cause my mom's a registered Republican and she's worked at the polls for years. I grinned and told 'em that my mother's the only crazy one in our family. That was fun. Almost as fun as the lady who came over the provisional ballot table and was REALLY REALLY exuberantly excited to be voting. That was awesome.

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Today I was:
-assumed to be a Republican (because my mother is a registered Republican and has worked at the polls for years)
-mistaken for some recently-married lady ("Do you remember me? I'm S----'s mother! Don't you know who I am? Your husband's..." umm, I'm not married! I think you're confusing me with someone else "Well, I hope you get married soon!")
-asked if I was married (by a different person)
-given an offer to be set up with a fellow election judge's clients (he's an accountant, and immediately started going through all of his single male clients to see which ones he could set me up with. he wasn't too put off when I told him that I'm not Orthodox anymore, either!)

I also:
-explained how primaries work to a fellow election judge
-told a fellow election judge that Bush is, in fact, in his second term of office and cannot run for president again
-was asked (again by a fellow election judge) to explain the difference between Republicans and Democrats. I told him that it wasn't something that could be summarized accurately in a few sentences, even if I were less rusty on the "real" differences. (liberal/conservative just doesn't do it justice, and even if the current Republican party is sucky, that's not necessarily because of the overarching Republican ideals.)
-when I wasn't able to do that, was asked which party likes the death penalty more
[This election judge is a Republican, and had said, minutes before, that he is a *strong* Republican...whatever that means. Actually, though, he wasn't born in the US, and I'm kind of thinking it's possible he's not actually registered or qualified to vote. See, he's a city employee, and they really pushed city employees to sign up as election judges the day before the election...I'm thinking they may have been lax on some of the details.]

-explained various weird practices of the Orthodox Jewish community (Sabbath, Passover, wearing wigs, Shidduch-dating)
-voted for the Green Party candidate for Governor (I didn't feel strongly enough about either Ehrlich or O'Malley)

and yet more:

-was asked whether I have kids
-was asked whether I plan to have kids
-was told that whether or not I want kids is something I should have already made a decision about
(funnily enough, this wasn't the same person who was trying to fix me up with single guys)
-vowed never to do this again
-realized that it gets easier as the day wears on and you figure out what you're doing
-decided that I'll work at the polls again if they continue to use the e-Pollbooks
-encountered a voter who really wanted to vote at our polling place because that's where he always votes, even though he'd moved (During training they brought up that hypothetical scenario, and I didn't believe anyone would actually feel that way.)
-explained to people that you can get called up for jury duty even if you aren't registered to vote, so you might as well register
-issued a provisional ballot to a lady who was really incredibly excited about voting, whether it was on a machine or on the provisional paper ballots, and brought her own special twirly pen to fill out the ballot with. (People like that make me happy.)
-was asked what ethnicity I was. White/Caucasian/Jewish/European/my grandparents came over from Russia was not enough. I think what she was trying to find out was whether I was born in the US. Dude, I'm an election judge, I have no accent, I'm 23 and I can vote, so I'm clearly a citizen. You know that my mother is also working at the polls and has no accent. Where do you think I was born?

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