Primary election tomorrow! Get out an vote ya'll!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Concepts

Elections for me always seem like they are forever in the distance, and then BAMM! here they are, the next day.

An election for me means getting up around four thirty so I canbe at the polls before six. When you're the chairperson for a precinct, mines DSM 75, you want to try to get there before the poll workers, otherwise they have about 16 hours to rib you about it!

It's a real challenge to beat folks that are 60, 70 and 80 to any AM event if you've ever been in that situation. For this primary we had a mandatory two hour training session in order to get up to speed on some new procedures. Out of the perhaps 250? attendees, and by the looks of the crowd I was perhaps one of the youngest, and I'm 43.

I think the majority of election workers are of an older set as that demographic seems to have the most free time, however, I'm there so that claim doesn't necessarily hold water. The auditor's office is always scrambling to field candidates and it's a big part of what they do. They are very thankful for returnees and profusely express appreciation and are overall some of the most positive people I've ever had the pleasure to work with.

If you're looking for a volunteer postion where you can make a difference, contribute to your local community, meet new people and serve the public, you might want to consider volunteering at your local auditors office. Poll workers are in demand around the nation and it's an excellent way to be of service in a postion for just a few times a year.

The one drawback is that election day is a 16 hour shift and you can't leave, but you get used to it. I usually don't take breaks of a lunch, it just seems to make me tired. And after I work the polls for 16 hours and go home and still have energy to return emails, plan the next days schedule, and so on, I'm always left to wonder how productive I could be if I put in that kind of effort on a daily basis.

Get out and vote ya'll!



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Dave Roberts
Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty - Healdsburg, CA

Matt, thanks for doing your civic duty. I have read enough posts here to understand that we have people spanning the political spectrum from right to left and everywhere in between. I want to join you in urging all of us here on AR to get out and vote. It's how this place we all love works...

Jun 07, 2010 05:48 PM #1
Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

My polling card and ballot notes are lying beside my purse, ready to go in the morning.

Jun 07, 2010 06:14 PM #2
Bryan Watkins
LRA Real Estate Group - Mesa, AZ

Yup, we better vote or be quiet and not complain so muchy. nice reminder


Jun 07, 2010 06:27 PM #3
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Yup, if you don't get out and vote, you should forgo the right to complain about your Government.

Jun 08, 2010 03:41 AM #4
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Need more Republican influence for sure!

Jun 08, 2010 06:56 AM #5
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I haven't been to an actual polling place in more than ten years since I'm a permanent mail voter.

Jun 08, 2010 11:53 AM #6
Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Had a lot of fun today at the polls. There were four of us. I think i read somewhere that real estate agents as a whole are something like 75% more likely to vote that the average citizen. While I research this keep it up everyone!

Jun 08, 2010 04:37 PM #7
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