Salute the anonymous NewtonsThe film Newton gave an insight into what the people behind the voting booths have to go through. We, as voters, never give them a second thought. We go to the booth, cast our vote, return. Did you thank them?
The film showed the scenario in dangerous territory and inhospitable conditions. Even in metros, though, there is a lot the staff and officers who man the centers have to go through. It is mandatory for them to attend training sessions (and it is not going to be just one) at the given schedule. It is mandatory for them to report for duty at the voting center. No allowances are made for ill health, with the possibility of losing your job or even your pension if you do not attend the training session or report for election duty.
On the given date, they have to be at the voting center assigned to them before 6 a.m. The centers are often nowhere near their actual place of residence. They may not get clean washrooms. They may not get time to have a proper meal or even eat anything at a specific time since voting is open the entire day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They have to return all the equipment and other things to a designated center at the end of the day. They will likely be sitting on hard chairs or benches throughout. They will likely return home well past 10 p.m.
To all these Newtons - a Big Thank You. You are a huge asset to our country, for our democratic system, for enabling us to exercise our national right to vote.