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Eating like there’s no tomorrow — that’s what my chickadees are doing. And maybe tomorrow, maybe, we’ll know who won this election! I worked the evening of Election Day as a counter for the town of Jackson. It is a good feeling to contribute to our democracy. There is something very satisfying knowing we are counting each of your hand-marked ballots one by one, and it is not even a machine doing the counting — and yes, we double-count every ballot.

In this 2020 election for president, 341 people in the town of Jackson voted. With the pandemic hot on our heels, about a third of our voters chose to avoid potential lines and people contact, and submitted their votes by absentee ballot. The in-person voting on Election Day was steady throughout the day, so there were pretty much no lines.

I’m sure you’re interested to know how your fellow Jacksonians voted. The unofficial count (i.e., not yet certified by the state) reflected the following: Donald Trump won Jackson with 191 votes to Joseph Biden’s 134 (a handful of votes went to other candidates so these will not all add up to 341). Susan Collins received 199 votes to Sara Gideon’s 111 (Lisa Savage got 23). Dale Crafts got 181 votes to Jared Golden’s 150. And, Duncan Milne received 177 votes to Chip Curry’s 146.

Out of curiosity, I dug up my numbers from the 2016 election to see if we had changed much in how we voted. In 2016, 334 ballots were completed, Donald Trump received 189 votes and Hilary Clinton got 104.

A big shout-out and thank-you to our poll workers and ballot counters on Election Day! Our poll workers were: Marlene Thompson, Dorothy Johnson, Sue Crane, Gloria Orcutt, Aimee Womerlippi and Christine Howie. Our ballot counters were Marlene Thompson, Dorothy Johnson, Nancy Patrick, Helen Sahadi, Aimee Womerlippi, Christine Howie and, yours truly, Meredith Toumayan. Thank you to Brenda Dennison for guiding us all and staying late to get those numbers in to the state.

Brenda especially wanted to say, “Thank you to all the town residents who voted. No matter what the outcome, you made your voices heard — total votes 341.”

History nugget

Veteran’s Day is this week. It has always been celebrated on the actual date of Nov. 11. This date has been retained to honor our veterans of all wars, but the date was originally chosen to commemorate Armistice Day in recognition of the armistice signed to end World War I, notably on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In fact it was called Armistice Day until June 1, 1954, when President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday.

A further salute to our U.S. Marine Corps, who will have celebrated the birthday of their creation on Nov. 10, 1775 (military.com/veterans-day).

Hoping you have a thoughtful day of remembrance, and thank you to our veterans on Veterans Day. Stay well.

Till next week.