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Thanksgiving Day may be over, but I still want to give thanks. Democracy needed your help, and you answered the call. Your commitment to progress is inspiring and necessary, and we will certainly need to keep up the hard work in the months and years to come to make sure America lives up to its promise. If what I saw on Election Day is any indication, we are well on our way to filling that promise.
I'm not talking about political parties or election results. I'm talking about a single polling place in Northeast Ohio.
I spent the day back home in Massillon with my parents. And while I'm sure I'm not what lawmakers had in mind when they said you can take your child with you when you vote, I accompanied my mother on her trip to the voting booth. When we arrived, we found something unexpected - you!
Ok, not you, but your Jackson Township counterparts. Several students greeted us with a helping hand. Immediately inside the door, one young man asked my mother for her precinct number. She answered, and he walked her to the line that she was supposed to be in. Probably would've looked it up for her had she not known. No confusion. No waiting in line only to find that you're in the wrong place. Just the guidance we all need and deserve when exercising our franchise.
Now I'm not foolish enough to believe that it worked that way everywhere, or that voter intimidation and deceptive practices are no longer a problem. There is undoubtedly a long battle to be fought. But I know you are up to the challenge, and I hope that young man and others on their way up with him will be ready to join you.