Uncensored Civics

David Brauer is a former Journal editor who lives in Kingfield, where he chaired the neighborhood association and farmers market boards. Find him on Twitter @dbrauer.
Aug 13, 2014

As a guy with the flexible schedule, I’m able to vote at the slowest times on Election Day. I see the election judges — often the same faces, year after year — reading a book or newspaper to kill the time, sometimes slumping a bit in the tedium, which always moved me to say, “thanks for your service!”

Every time, I’d walk out swearing to share their load next time. I may have spent years as a cynical journalist, but the majesty of voting has always swelled my idealism — that even the highest-buck campaign still must submit to the unpredictable demands of the voter.

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