Tuesday, November 6, 2012
It Only Takes One
#1-3 Today I volunteered with GOTV (Get Out the Vote) Most people I talked to had already voted or were on their way to vote and they didn't need a ride. One older man however peered at me after I knocked from behind his door, smoking a cigarette.
"Hi my name is Tammy. I'm out volunteering with the No vote on the marriage amendment. Have you voted yet?"
"No." He didn't look that interested, but I continued.
"Would you like a ride to vote?"
"Too long to stand." He said.
"Well, it's mid-morning now so it is a good time of day to go, the line shouldn't be bad. I can give you a rider over right now."
"How will I get home?" he asked.
"I'll wait for you to vote and bring you back."
"Great! I'll go get the car which is on the next block and pick you up in five minutes or so."
I ran down the street to find my door-knocking partner, "I've got a voter that needs a ride!"
When I picked up John (I'm changing his name), he told me he doesn't drive anymore. His polling place was fairly far from his house, certainly for someone who has some mobility challenges.
John said last election he waited in line a long time. "What time of day did you go?" I asked.
Well, he was right. We got to the polling place and the line snaked around the corner. I knew they had to make accommodations for ability (or believed they did anyway.) So we went in the exit door and I spoke to one of the election judges.
"I brought a man to vote who has difficulty standing."
"We can either bring a ballot out to the car or we can ask the people in line if they will let him in."
"Well, he's right here." I brought the judge over to John who was standing hesitantly at the door. "Whatever would work best is fine."
So John was brought to a table where he could sit and vote. I have a feeling that even if John knew he could do that, it would have been hard for him to ask I, however, was happy to do it.
When I dropped John off I said,
"Thank you so much for making my morning worthwhile." It was highly unlikely that he would have made it to the polls if I (or someone else) hadn't knocked on his door.
"Thank you," he replied.
#4 - Even though by the end of the day I felt I was just being annoying, "Did you vote yet?" I was still glad to be a participant in the events of the day.
#5 - This song came on the radio on the way home and it was exactly what I needed.