“America: How We Look Now”, by Jessie Tromberg

The Fourth of July, the day we celebrate American independence, always makes me remember the old Saturday Evening Post magazine with its cover paintings of idyllic American life. Last month — on June 3, to be precise — I believe I actually lived one of those covers.

It was primary day here in California, and I had volunteered my services as a poll worker in my Irvine neighborhood. It sounded simple enough: Go to a three-hour training session, show up the evening before primary day to help set up the e-booths for the actual voting and follow all the instructions in our training manual — a very big book.

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