Hate to take this political (but non-partisan), but once upon a time, I’d only drink “election-strength” coffee twice a year.I was the judge of elections at my local polling place. In Pennsylvania, our polls are open from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM. The judge has to be there at 6:30 to get the machines ready (when I started, they were mechanical machines that had to be cranked about 150x to raise the machines into position) and fill out paperwork. Afterwards, we election officials (myself, a majority inspector, a minority inspector, a minority inspector’s clerk, a machine operator and a constable, appointed by the local constable) had to read all the counters on the back of the machine, transcribe them to the paperwork, post results, and then I had to drive to the county seat with all the paperwork.By that time, it was 10:00 PM, and then I had to make an appearance at the local county party’s after-party. By the time I got home, it was past midnight!
May 8, 2015