My husband and I have been poll workers for the past five years. We are proud of our task each time there is an election. We are stationed, with two other wards, in the gym at Jerstad-Agerholm School.
We are exceptionally proud of the turnout of our ward (34-14). It is always higher attendance than the entire city averages. At this last election for mayor, we experienced more than 42 percent participation.
We all share the school parking lot with the teachers, which leaves no section for our voters, many of whom are aged and physically impaired. Watching these people struggle walking across the gym with canes, walkers and wheelchairs is amazing. Voting is important to them. Many ask, the first thing, why isn't there a section for parking for voters? Isn't there some way that at least six or eight spaces in the first row could be reserved for voters? We have previously talked with faculty at Jerstad-Agerholm (even with ex-mayor Dickert), but no change has resulted.
We expect folks to come out to vote but with no parking spots for them. It's not very welcoming. We poll workers work from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 or 9 p.m. and generally, park along the north fence so we don't impair others. How about the school teachers leaving the front row for voters? Is this too much to ask? We don't have that many elections that it would be an enormous inconvenience by reserving the first six or eight front row spaces for voters!