Tuesday is election day and Marilyn Englander is among the legion of volunteers urging their fellow citizens to not sit this one out.
I’ve been volunteering at a phone bank to get out the vote. Though I hate getting those calls myself and didn’t want to do it, I needed to calm my worries about voter apathy.
The first day I reported to an empty store downtown re-purposed for election work. Creaking wood floors, a dusty smell, flickering fluorescent lights.
At tables along the wall, 30 people were hunched over laptops, peering at the screens. There was hardly a soul under 70 but a buzz of youthful energy filled the air.
Someone showed me the ropes and I settled in. At the next table, a woman very hard of hearing was shouting into her phone: “Hello! I’m a fellow citizen urging you to vote on November 6. Are you aware of this important election?” Very earnest.