Election Monitoring at Lakelands Park Middle School in Gaithersburg, MD

On Novem­ber 4th, I served as the site super­vi­sor at Lake­lands Park Mid­dle School in Gaithers­burg, MD to con­duct an Asian Amer­i­can Vot­er Sur­vey and mon­i­tor and report any vot­er inci­dents. Our expe­ri­ence was amaz­ing in that most of the Asian Amer­i­can vot­ers we approached were more than hap­py to fill out our sur­vey and even more enthu­si­as­tic once we told them what it was for. It was on this day that I real­ized the impor­tance of col­lect­ing this data and get­ting a sense of the needs, chal­lenges, and pri­or­i­ties of our community.There is one inci­dent that sticks out in my mind from that day. There was a woman who I saw vote ear­li­er in the day come back to our polling site in the after­noon with a cam­era. She asked us to take her pic­ture near the “Vote Here” sign, near our “Asian Amer­i­can Vot­er Sign”, and even a pic­ture with us! Her emo­tion and excite­ment were vis­i­ble as she told us how she want­ed to doc­u­ment this his­toric day for her chil­dren. As the day unfold­ed, we saw vot­ers turn out in record num­bers and in a very real way, it struck me how impor­tant this day was. Peo­ple came out to vote despite the long lines, cold weath­er, and rain. They brought their kids, their par­ents, their pets, their cam­eras, and their excite­ment. I am thank­ful that I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to wit­ness such an occa­sion.

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