Nancy Reynolds, a poll worker, says it would make more sense to hold elections when people will actually show up to vote.
I am a poll worker. The last election, there was a crew of people at my precinct and we worked 14 hours. We are paid. Ballots were paper. Lots of time and money.
Twelve people came all day to vote in that city election. Most people did not KNOW about it.
Five people came in and found out (by asking them who picks up their garbage and realizing they were county) they could NOT vote.
An easy thing to do as citizens, is sign up for a MAIL-IN-VOTE. But also, at the last City Council meeting, David Schmidt asked to have Paul Lux, Supervisor of Elections, come talk to the city council about how we can change the voting year during November on even years during our other local, state and national elections, and then we would have more than 7% of the populace vote.
He had to make it a motion, and NOT ONE PERSON ON THE COUNCIL SECONDED IT. I was appalled as I actually WORK the polls and know that we really need to look into this. None of the councilmen who refused to discuss it, know how expensive and wasteful an off-year city election is.
I appreciate Mr. Schmidt’s visions for our city. Voting is an American right, and we need to have more people run, and more people voting. Always remember, voting by mail is a wonderful alternative.
Let us vote at a time more people will know and cast their ballots. Someone needed to second that request.
Nancy Reynolds, Fort Walton Beach, citizen and poll worker