Things were a little more active at the Waller Road Grange. It’s one of those locations that makes you forget there’s mail-in voting: It’s an old building with hardwood floors and big open spaces.
Winfield Giddings is the voting inspector there today. He’s been working the polls since 1993. He says the switch to ranked-choice voting would make life pretty difficult at polling places. And when the county does switch to all-mail-in voting, it won’t affect him much:
Personally, I’ve been doing absentee for a long time. Because this isn’t my voting place, I have to do absentee to vote.
I asked him what he will do next election day if the polling places are closed. He didn’t hesitate to laugh and answer:
Sleep in. What else would I do that day?
Carriebelle Anderson is a voting judge. She’s been working the polls for 40 years, and she doesn’t like the switch to mail-in voting.
The purpose of the poll is so that I know who people are when they come in. Yes, they have picture ID now, but is has traditionally has been neighbors knowing who it is that’s voting and recognizing the legitimate voters who are living where they should be and they are voting what they should be voting on.
She admits she’s traditional:
Can’t you tell I’m an old lady? I began voting when it was in a booth when you pulled the lever and there was the curtain behind you. You pulled it down and when you opened the curtain, it recorded what you voted.