Election workers play many roles

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/07/2013 12:13 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It only takes a few minutes to vote. For election officials, Election Day is a long one.

By state law, there are a minimum of three poll workers at each party's table inside a precinct.

They're selected by either the local Democratic or Republican parties.

Tupelo City Clerk Kim Hanna said, "It requires three people to work a specific party election. We suggest they get four or five in case one of those were to get sick, not make it, step away for lunch or go to the bathroom. You have to have at least three. The backup people really do come in and help."

Each person is responsible for making sure the voters are identified, the ballots are counted properly, and other aspects of the voting process.

Election worker Murray Coward said, "I help open the polls in the morning. I usually get here around 6:00 a-m. We set up the machines and make sure they're working. After the polls close at 7:00 p-m we get everything together, carry it downtown and check it all in."

The overall goal is to make the voting process a smooth one for both the voter and election holders.

Election worker Mary Partlow said, "We just want everyone who comes in to feel welcome. We're here to take your vote and it's an easy process. We just want people to come and exercise their right."

Away from the voting precincts, there are lots of questions answered and many problems solved at what's sort of the election command center at city hall.

It's where all those on the ballot hope to soon serve a term in office.

This will all be played out again in a few weeks with the primary runoffs.

The general election is in early June.

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