Jeffrey D. Allred
I love being a poll worker. I enjoy the training, the teamwork and the association with true patriots who arrange their busy lives to take time to vote. In the five years I've served as a poll manager, I have moments that stand out: helping a thick-accented new citizen who really appreciated her new right; getting high-fives from a happy 18-year-old after his first time voting; pausing in the middle of the voting process to pledge allegiance to our flag with the rest of Wasatch Elementary School, seeing vividly our freedoms in action.
This past election gave me a new highlight. I managed the poll at Independence High School in Provo, where, for some reason, people from several miles away were assigned to vote. Through the day we sympathized with many as they vented their frustration for having to come so far. I teased one distinguished-looking gentleman with the words, "Next time they'll probably send you off to Goshen to vote!" He looked me in the eye and said, "I would go; it's that important." Thank you, sir, for your inspiring words. I hope I will always be willing to do the same.
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