Today is Election Day. I live in Columbus, Ohio; the center of the political universe (at least MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN would have us to believe that).
But for me, today began like almost any other Tuesday.
I had breakfast with the guys from my book club. We conversed over coffee and bagels and quibbled about how much of the story of Noah’s Ark (in Genesis) was influenced by the Epic of Gilgamesh. And then I saw the clock. I had nine minutes left to get to work. I dashed out with my friend Phil who dropped me off right outside the Ohio Union, The Ohio State University’s humungous student center and my place of employment.
As I rushed toward the building, I was greeted by a campaigner who handed me a sample ballot supporting the Democratic Party. I looked down and saw a sign that said “no campaigning past this line.” I was reminded that today the building would serve as a polling location, which would inevitably mean a busy day for me. It was.
I’m a food service worker; and today, the volume of customers was higher than normal because of the voters. And when I saw the gargantuan line snaking around our building, I was thankful that I’d voted via absentee ballot. I hate waiting in lines.
About an hour into my shift, my friend Lindsey stopped by my cash register and announced that the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Mayor of Columbus, Michael Coleman, were in the building.
Apparently NBC was filming a segment with the two politicians. It’s not often that the mayor visits us. So, when he wasn’t being filmed, I went over and thanked him for what he’s done for the city. You see, earlier this week he gave my wife and I a recycling bin. Our fair city just this year finally instituted a city wide recycling program. Columbus, apparently, is behind the times.
Now at home, as I watch the election results, I don’t think we will know who won the presidential election before I go to sleep. It could be days, weeks, possibly years before a winner is announced.
About the author: Steve McCloskey is proud to be an award-winning food service worker at The Ohio University. He is currently working on a Masters of Public Administration at OSU and is happily married to his wife Jaynie. They spend their free time reading, running, and riding their tandem bike.