Matt Estrada, a voting judge at Hope Lutheran Church in South Tacoma, began working the polls at the 2004 general election. He’s always stressed the importance of voting:
I’ve been voting fairly religiously since I turned 18. I always request an absentee ballot, and if I can come in, I’ll drop it off at the polls. I just think it’s important to actually go to the polling places. I take my kids and show them how it works and tell them that it’s important.
He isn’t completely sold on mail-in voting:
There’s a disconnect with voting at home. It’s like it’s just another piece of paper, like a bill or something. It doesn’t always feel like you’re voting.