Once again, a bunch of local primary elections are taking place, and my worksite is a polling place. I set the alarm for three-thirty in the morning in order to arrive at five. The poll workers started arriving at a quarter after five in order to get things up and running by six. Needless to say, I'm dragging my ass at this time- I usually get home from work at the time I left the house this morning.
For the most part, the poll workers are the usual crew that I have come to know over the past couple of years. There are a couple of new faces, but the core group, including a co-worker of mine, is intact. In a smart move, our retail department decided to open our gift shop (this also allows for some early fall re-merchandising), and the small cafe onsite is open as well.
Right now, I'm starting to flag, and I need to take the old contact lenses out... my relief comes at five PM. There's coffee to be had, but I may have to find a sunny spot on the property to take a short nap before hitting the road this afternoon.
The big regional race is the New York City Democratic primary between Bill DeBlasio and Sal Albanese. My personal feeling is that Albanese shouldn't be challenging the incumbent, but there's a not-so-loyal wing of the party in New York State, which has altogether too much power, largely due to heinous gerrymandering.