Poll officials honored at reception

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

Wilson County poll officials were honored at a reception hosted by the Election Commission on April 17 at the Election Commission Annex. 

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett was on hand to recognize the commitment of Wilson County’s poll officials.

Retiring officials were recognized, as well as those who participated in the Election Commission community outreach events during the past year. 

“Poll officials are not just people we see at elections every two years, they are part of the election team in Wilson County,” said Tammy Smith, assistant administrator of elections. “We are in contact with these officials year round and include them in activities like Relay for Life, Sherry’s Run, the Wilson County Fair and many local civic and school elections. This event is for us to thank them for their participation and recognize them for their service.”

The reception included an opportunity for poll officials to experience voting using epoll books and to vote a mock ballot similar to the upcoming August ballot. Registrars Cynthia Hancock, Margaret Garrett and Elaine Pearson demonstrated the epoll books and the “Any Line, Any Time” concept. Cumberland University MBA students manned the voting machines.

The Wilson County Election Commission trains and equips more than 400 poll officials for every countywide election. Although about 350 workers are needed for each election, many complete the training as alternate officials. 

“Situations arise due to health issues, family emergencies, vacations and for many other reasons during early voting and on Election Day that require us to fill vacancies during early voting and on Election Day,” said Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren. “Having a trained group of alternate poll officials is invaluable.

“Poll workers are the backbone of great elections. Wilson County is fortunate to have poll workers who are well trained, dedicated and committed to administering great elections.”

Wilson County voters interested in learning more about the public service opportunity of working elections are encouraged to visit wilsonelections.com for information about jobs available and to submit an application.

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