I remember few details about any of the 5 decades of voting that Iâ€™ve done. In most cases, the voting took place at a school in the district. Thereâ€™s always a basketball court or gym available for the actual voting apparatus, and plenty of parking for the voters. Outside the school you would see a handful of people carrying placards for the various candidates, all behaving properly, at a respectable distance from the entry, and with little conversation between the voters and the party representatives.
But, that was then, and this is now.
Sadly, I donâ€™t expect November 3, 2020 to be anything like that at all. For several years, we have had to deal with large, violent, or semi-violent protest groups from both sides of the political spectrum, all committed to intimidating people enough that they cannot comfortably exercise their First Amendment right to speak to a group, or for the group to feel safe when listening uninterrupted to the speaker. Voting is another very important First Amendment right because it allows â€œWe The Peopleâ€¦â€ to select our leaders, from the President of the United States down to an elected meter-maid or school crossing guard. Any disruptive actions that can nullify even a single vote must be prevented. There are several actions that can be taken to assure that our election process be carried out in a safe, orderly manner and accurate manner.