It’s here. Today is officially the day of the Primary Elections and my last day of the fellowship. It’s been a ride from start to finish, but I wouldn’t trade this summer experience for the world. I couldn’t fall asleep last night – anxious about today’s results, but still excited for the possibilities ahead. There’s a buzz of excitement and cautious hope within our team that is contagious.
The Help Desk today has been particularly busy – not only is it business as usual, but we have a landline directly connected to the Help Desk. Luckily, none of our Help Desk members are the ones answering the phones – we’ve been getting calls nonstop since 8 in the morning. Aside from that, our main focus on the Help Desk today is helping combat voter suppression – we have a legal team on standby and are in direct contact with them in case we get any instances of that.
As the minutes tick by, and the clock draw nearer to 8 PM, I can’t help but wonder what comes next. This campaign has been a huge part of my life for the past year – I’ve connected with so many people, learned so many things about myself and was honestly part of a movement bigger than myself. Maybe it’s just me, but I can feel the change in the air. People have been messaging us today from across the WORLD about supporting Abdul. I’ve lost count of how many messages we’ve gotten from people who haven’t voted in years and are casting their ballot for Abdul today. I can only hope that all this work, all the hours were worth it. And I think, even if we don’t win tonight, they were. I made lifelong friends, learned more about Michigan politics than I ever thought I would care for. Whatever the outcome of tonight’s election is, I know I won’t regret my decision to join this campaign. If anything, my only regret would be that I can’t continue this journey in the upcoming month. And hopefully, that regret will only be only that – a “would be”.