Ask anyone regardless of their party affiliation and they'll tell you this election year belongs in the toilet.

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The country's morale has never been lower in my lifetime besides 9/11 and everyone is at each other's throats. Not that they haven't always, but politics are destroying relationships, friendships, households, you name it. There is so much at stake this election year, so everything that we can do, we MUST ensure that no errors occur in the process.

Apparently, that's already asking for too much since COVID-19 has broken out at a ballot counting facility in Mercer County. What does this have to do with South Jersey? If COVID broke out in a northern county, what makes you think it can't happen here? I don't know about you, but counting on actual people to handle my ballot already has me uneasy. Now, throw COVID into it an I'm really insecure about the mail-in voting process. The potential for chaos has reached a huge level compared to any other election year in my known memory.

Since I'm not even 30 yet, It's only been legal for me to vote in two elections thus far. I've never once experienced anxiety regarding the casting of my ballot. For one, it's been through the machine both times. Now, knowing that it will be handled by others in the middle of a pandemic just isn't sitting right with me.

For one, I think it's ridiculous that New Jersey residents can shop almost shoulder to shoulder in Walmart, but we can't stand in line to vote. Believe me, I'm not ignorant to the risks that exist as a result of COVID-19. However, I'm also not failing to acknowledge the fact that if we can all use the self check-out lines at Walmart after an associate has wiped them down from the previous customer, then surely the same can be done at the voting booths.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we're now required to mail our votes into a facility manned with people who are (in one county) coming down with the very same virus the powers that be are attempting to protect us from.

Long story short, buckle up. If you thought the last debate was a mess, just wait until November 3rd.

The thoughts expressed in the article above are the sole opinion of the author and not a reflection of Townsquare Media or Cat Country 107.3.


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