With the elections officially over, we decided to ask our own Etta Taylor, Site Team Leader at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club, what her responsibilities are and why she volunteers for the Massachusetts election polls.
“I’ve been volunteering at the election polls at the Elihu Greenwood School in Hyde Park for over five years now.
I do it to give back to the community, to provide an important and needed service. The name of my job while I’m there is ‘inspector.’ They’re responsible for many different things. But mainly, they are asked to show up early at 6 o’clock in the morning and help set up materials, posters, and to get everything ready for when the voters arrive. An hour later, at 7′oclock, we open the doors, and people start to come in to vote. Inspectors also hand people their ballots, show them to open voting booths, and answer any questions they may have about the ballot itself.
I love being an inspector. It gives me a chance to talk with the people from the community and to have meaningful conversations with them. You have people who come in and ask you questions about the ballots, but you end up getting into conversations about their families, jobs, different movies, and a lot of other things. We especially talk about our children.
Sometimes we meet interesting people, even the politicians. They’ll stop in and talk with us about how the day has been going and how we are feeling. They take the time to come by and to say hello.
The people I have been working with there, and the people who come in to vote, are always very friendly. We’re like a family.”