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Volunteering to Help Out with Election Integrity, Part One

Ellen Levitt

Posted on October 16, 2020 21:44

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I decided to volunteer with an election integrity group; thoughts on why I made this decision and what I expect.

Over ten years ago, on Election Day, I walked to my local polling place. I noticed a young man who was too close to the entrance of the polling site (a senior citizen center and home) who was promoting himself as a candidate for an office.

This rattled me; I know you're not supposed to be doing that. I told him he was too close to the entrance, and he gave me an eye roll. When I told him again that he was not allowed to be too close to the entrance, and that I would call the police about this, he reluctantly moved to the corner so he would be in compliance.

After I finished voting inside, I walked past him again while leaving. He was chatting up a young woman, a potential voter. He tried to avoid me but I stepped in front of him and asked, "If you're running for office, you should know all five parts of the First Amendment. Can you recite them?"

He ignored my request but I pressed the matter. With a sigh, he lifted one finger and said "Freedom of speech!"

I nodded my head. "What else?"

He lifted another finger and announced "Freedom of religion!"

I felt like I was dealing with a smarmy high school student. "Continue," I said.

Then he said "Freedom to vote!" and I laughed at him, but it wasn't really funny.

"Freedom to vote is not part of the First Amendment," I told him. He looked ticked off and tried to ignore me, going back to speaking with the other woman.

I began to walk away and yelled out "I wouldn't vote for some (mild curse word) who didn't know all the parts of the First Amendment, and correctly!" The woman looked at me briefly.

A few years ago on Election Day I biked to my current polling place, my high school alma mater. I noticed a young man with campaign posters who was very close to the entrance of the polling place. I told him he was too close and he didn't move; he began to shout the name of his candidate over and over.

Willing to be a thorn in his side, I began to yell "You're too close to the polling site! You have to move!"

This continued for a minute or so and then I spotted a police car driving past. I waved to the officers and told the young man that I was going to tell them he was breaking Election Day protocol. He moved to the opposite corner.

I tell you about these incidents because I am against such blatant, crass rule breaking. I taught high school social studies for about 18 years, teaching hundreds of students about the First Amendment and civics, and I strongly dislike arrogant stupidity and rule flouting on Election Day, among other days.

When I heard about the Election Protection Volunteer program, I knew I'd found a calling. I signed up and trained. I'm ready.

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on October 16, 2020 21:44

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