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Letter: Political process

Wow! Tuesday was an incredible day. I am an election official in Greenfield — the warden of Precinct 2. I have been doing this for quite a few years but Election Day renewed my faith in people. It was incredibly heartening to see so many people coming to vote, many of whom did so with a great deal of struggle. I saw my 101-year-old neighbor come in his wheelchair; another neighbor in his 80s who was suffering from many health problems managed to show up. So many came with their walkers and oxygen tanks to do their civic duty. And then there were all those young parents with their babies and small children, starting them young to participate in our national process. I loved it when the parents could take the time to explain what they were doing and why so that the next generation will have the example of how important it is for all of to participate in this democracy.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fabulous job my poll workers (and all the poll workers) did in their efficient and respectful way. They worked 15-plus hours straight with almost no breaks to ensure an accurate accounting of all those votes you came out to make.

Let’s not let this participation stop at the polls. As citizens of this country, we need to continue to be part of the process — let our legislators know how you would like to see the future take shape. Write letters, send emails, and make phone calls. Let our voices be heard so we can work together to make a better world for us all.



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