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Long voting lines prove we need younger poll workers

Posted by Rob Anderson  November 6, 2012 03:18 PM

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Everyone is gushing over the high turnout and civic-mindedness of citizens who are standing patiently in long lines to vote. But patience can wear thin when the senior vans from local assisted living centers pull up to polling places only to be met by retirees working the polls on election day. The whole process is redolent of grandma's recipe for slow-cooked Boston baked beans with molasses.

Sure some older folks need assistance when voting. And they should get it from spry high school students who are a lot quicker than elderly poll workers at checking in voters and handing out ballots. The priority for poll work positions should go to trustworthy high school students who could use the day off from school to earn $150 dollars and see history in the making. Face it. The kids would benefit a lot more from the money and the exercise in good citizenship than the retired crowd.

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