To the editor:
Poll-workers or voters. If, as some suggest, election fraud occurred, it was either by one or the other. Yet every poll-worker I’ve ever known or worked elections with is a decent citizen, committed to helping run a fair election. So perhaps any fraud was perpetrated by voters.
Only two of the 800 voters who passed my table stood out.
The young woman, her face masked, but with expressive eyes, approached. They were filled with anxiety. This, she said, was her first-time voting. I directed her to a table where another volunteer helped her complete her registration and escorted her back. I checked it, handed her a ballot and gave her voting instructions. Realizing what she held, the anxiety disappeared. Her eyes sparkled with empowerment. She pumped her fist. “Yes!” and strode away.
The other voter was the last. As 8 o’clock approached the trickle of voters stopped. Two minutes before we were to close up, a scruffy-looking young man appeared and shouted, “I had no intention to vote today. But my friends told me that unless I voted I had no right to complain. So here I am.” He had never voted, so was directed to the registration table. Finished, he rose to approach me and receive his ballot. He protested again, “I wouldn’t be here if my friends hadn’t insisted.” After he voted, he smiled and walked away. “That was easy,” he announced.
All the votes tallied. Fraud, tampering? I saw none here, just citizens exercising their civic responsibility.
— Karl Stewart
N9235 County Road FF