It was a long, 16-hour day for my team of election poll workers Tuesday. My team consisted of three Republicans, three Democrats and one Independent.

Again, as with most elections in which I have served as a co-supervisor, I can say that I am very grateful to have worked with an outstanding group of people.

By working together with a mutual vision, mission, goal and objectives, they encouraged my hopes for a day when Congress will likewise put partisanship aside for the greater good of all Americans.

It wasn’t a perfect day. As a matter of fact, there were many situations when we had to work out problems and seek suitable solutions in the best interest of voters. With every such adventure, we sought and worked solutions with precision, teamwork and courtesy to both co-workers and the public we served.

I am so thankful to be celebrating my eighth year as an election poll worker and supervisor. When I pull into my driveway at the end of those 16-hour days that begin at 4:30 a.m., it is very rare that I even wonder who won the election.

Instead, I am reflecting on how well our team worked together in getting the job done. Even more important, I reflect on the fact that we worked together as Americans first, not members of a particular party.

I close with a note of gratitude to my team, the members of which have now gone their separate ways: I look forward to the next election when we will again put Missourian voters first.

Kenny Freeman is an election poll supervisor in Columbia.

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