Muggleborn kid with a talent for magic. Not real magic. Like, sleight of hand magic. And then a prefect catches them doing something like making a ball appear to vanish or whatever, and just loses their shit because this 11 year old kid has utterly mastered Vanishing Spells and what the hell how is that even possible.
This past election was not only the very first time I was eligible to vote (the last election happened a week before my 18th birthday), but it was also the first time I have ever worked with Elections Ontario! Yesterday, from 8am until 10:30pm I held the title of Poll Clerk. Fundamentally, this job entailed crossing off the names of eligible voters on the list of electors. However, it meant so much more to me than that. Every time I told electors that they were now ready to receive their ballot from the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) and vote, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and excitement! Knowing that I had helped make every person’s voting experience as easy as possible left me feeling overjoyed and accomplished. Throughout the day, I witnessed so many different people come out and vote. Amazing parents, who brought their young children out to show them how the voting process worked. Seniors, some even in their 90s, who were still as eager as ever to cast their ballot. There were even a lot of young people, like myself, voting for the very first time in their lives! Being a part of this process, both as a young voter and a poll clerk, made me realize that there is still hope in this country and its people. Helping my DRO count the ballots at the end of the night was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. To some, it is just routine and mundane, nothing special or interesting about it. To me, it proves that there are still some Canadians who are exercising their fundamental right, as a citizen of both this province and country, to put forth their voices and decide who leads them.
So thank you to everyone who voted in this past election. It means the world to know that you care enough about your province and its people to spend a few minutes of your day marking an X on a ballot! Keep up the good work!