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Election officials honored at luncheon

Staff Reports • Updated Dec 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Poll officials packed the Veteran’s Building at the Ward Ag Center for the event Wednesday.

Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren told the group that “2014 has been another groundbreaking year for elections…You have all stepped up to the challenges and have exceeded expectations once again.” 

Warren recounted several of the accomplishments of poll officials in 2014. 

“This year, you made the technological leap from alphabetical paper poll books to ePoll books at every precinct,” he said. “This year, you not only attended the required training before each election but many came to several classes and workshops. This year, you guided voters confidently and competently through the long August ballot and the sometimes confusing November ballot.

“Your dedication and commitment to providing fair and honest elections for Wilson County is too often taken for granted. This event is an opportunity for us to say ‘thank you’ for your service to Wilson County and democracy.”

Assistant Administrator of Elections Tammy Smith presented certificates to each of the 31 Election Day precincts in recognition of their accomplishments. The certificates reflected the numbers of voters they served in all the elections in 2014. “You make the planning and preparation for elections and this job a pleasure,” Smith said. “Phillip and I are proud and honored to know and work with each of you.”

Receptions are one of ways Wilson County poll officials stay in touch with the Election Commission, Warren said. Preparation and planning for elections is an activity that goes on year round and poll officials are the dedicated public servants that make each Election Day successful.

There is always a need for additional poll officials in a growing county. Information about required skills and job opportunities is available on the Election Commission website at wilsonvotes.com. Anyone interested in becoming a poll official can complete and submit the application online.

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