Election day pests [Letter]

June 30, 2014

In response to R.N. Ellis' letter congratulating herself on the fact that she has never missed voting in a primary election and has always worked on some candidate or other's campaign: Please, Ms. Ellis, vote as much as you want but stop harassing me with fliers, phone calls, yard signs, giant billboards and — worst of all — those idiotic street waves ("Distressed to see such low turnout," June 28).

Volunteers like you tie up traffic, create litter and ruin the only time that most families have to spend together, in the evenings between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. I have been getting an average of four phone calls a night from volunteers or recorded messages from candidates, which increased to eight a day just before the primary.

On my way to my polling place, "volunteers" were approaching oncoming traffic at the corner of Harford Road and Argonne Drive, which is a very busy intersection at 8 a.m. When I arrived at my polling place, nearly two dozen people rushed at me like a zombie attack with more "material" — or as I view it, "pre-litter." I don't litter myself, but walk anywhere in Baltimore and you will see that just about everyone else does.

If people like Ms. Ellis really want to volunteer, they should come back to their polling sites the day after an election and pick up all of the campaign stuff people are handed and drop where they stand. Take down the yard signs and billboards for candidates who are no longer in the race, and after the general election take down all the signs that are left. Maybe you can get Connie DeJuliis' husband to help you.

And for heaven's sake, get out of the road! Driving in Baltimore is dangerous enough already. I always vote, as do my husband and all my friends. Please stop volunteering to educate us.

Sabrina Willis, Baltimore

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