I worked as an Election Protection volunteer yesterday, and was assigned to the polling place at Madison Elementary School in Winona, Minnesota (the town where Winona Ryder was born, btw) to make sure there was no voter suppression taking place. It was pretty uneventful, the only real excitement being the beautiful morning drive down Highway 61 through the Mississippi River bluffs to get there, and one guy getting a little angry that the election judges didn't ask him for his ID (which is not required for registered voters in Minnesota). Otherwise, it was 13 hours of sitting in a chair, reading an entire book, and watching the slow parade of small-city Americans exercising their civic duty in a cool, old WPA-era school with really charming tiles like this on the walls. One of the judges told me that she went to this school sixty years ago, and they used to do pencil rubbings off of these images, which they then colored with crayons. The school lunch cook made us a crock pot of excellent saurkraut soup, and everybody, including me, seemed to bring baked goods. Democrats won the day in that district, bucking the national trend, and I had a really nice, if exhaustingly long, day.