For those voters who cast ballots, go home and wait to hear about the results, I applaud you. You miss the scenes after the polls close.
At 7 p.m., poll workers scurry to grab chips inside the voting computers at the precincts and head towards the elections office to be inserted into one big computer to be tabulated. While this is being done, throngs of people crowd into a tiny space, awaiting the results for their candidate. That includes the candidates themselves, family members and supporters.
The scene is like watching people trying to walk the streets around Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve. There’s no space for any movement and no apologies for bumping into each other.
While the results of the first precinct are read, supporters are clicking their pens to write down the numbers to send out via the social network. Newspaper and radio reporters are doing the same in trying to keep their audiences updated.
There are those who think they can do a better job of getting the results out faster. They voice their displeasure in loud tones at how long it is taking to get all the results. They make disparaging remarks about the volunteer poll workers and the way the results are being handled in general by the Election Supervisor.
I offer this — if you know so much about the operation, why aren’t you volunteering to help? I’ve covered many election days and the operation has always been the same — a slow process compounded by interruptions from the general public’s lack of respect. Let’s allow those in charge to do their job without the bickering and name calling.