Thank you to all who do thankless jobs to make elections possible

Another primary election has come and gone and it went rather smoothly. This doesn’t happen by accident. It only comes to pass because of the dedicated people who work behind the scenes to ensure that elections are decided solely based upon how the people vote.

We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who does these thankless jobs twice a year every year — at least.

Thank you to the workers in the voter registration office at each county courthouse. Your work is seemingly never-ending as you not only help people exercise their right by registering them to vote, but you oversee the nuts and bolts of the election process.

Thank you to the folks who man the polls each election day. In Pennsylvania, polls are open for 13 hours each time there’s an election, making for a long day for these very dedicated individuals.

Thank you to all those who count the votes each election night. If it wasn’t for your willingness to work long after the sun has set at the courthouse to give us — especially people in our line of work — the most timely results possible, who knows how long we may have to wait to find out who the winners are?

Thank you to the people who work the election beat in the news media — not just at our newspaper, but other places, too. We, too, toil well past the stroke of midnight (like our 1:30 a.m. deadline and 2 a.m. press time Tuesday night/Wednesday morning) to make sure you have the results in your hand when you pick up the newspaper or turn on the radio or TV. (We’d also be remiss if we didn’t thank all the pizza places who fill large orders to feed hungry newsrooms like ours each election night as well.)

And finally, thank you to the voters themselves. Obviously, without voters, there can be no elections. Thank you for finding the time to make important decisions that need to be made.

Without any of you, our democracy wouldn’t be what it is today.