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UNSUNG HEROES OF ELECTION DAY

 

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UNSUNG HEROES OF ELECTION DAY

by Patricia Stuart, TALON

At Tuesday's Primary Election from 7:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. voters consistently streamed into the San Juan Fire Operations Polling site just down the street from the county courthouse. Nine polling workers courteously assisted those casting their ballots for a shift from 6 am - 8 pm. Commonly these workers put in 14 hours on election day in service to the community.

Many poll workers have served in our elections for over twenty years. Others have worked one or two elections, however, all of them seemed to enjoy both working with the balloters they serve and with county staff. These men and women who are required to have a two hour training session before each election fill an important need in our community. They learned about our voting system, setting up voting equipment, recording and certifying vote totals among other duties that streamline the process.

Those who are 16 years of age or older can assist as runners.

Registered voters who are over 18 are urged to sign up to serve in these necessary 400 election day positions. Without these dutiful but temporary compensated employees offering their time, our elections would most definitely not be as smooth and organized.

 

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