Election Day: Volunteers Work Long Day At The Polls

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Bob Dalby pulled himself out of bed at 4 a.m. today to do what he has been doing on Election Day for six years.

At that early hour, Dalby heads to the polls to take his place as a volunteer election supervisor.

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Bob Dalby has been volunteering on Election Day as an election supervisor for six years.

"I thought it was my civic duty to become involved," Dalby said.

Well before the polls open, his team prepares for the day's events. Dalby said there is a team meeting the day before the election to set up the voting booths.

Dalby arrived at the recorder's office this morning at 5 a.m., and will be there well past 7 p.m. when the polls close.

"Tuesday is a very long day, but with an excellent election team and numerous voters, the time passes quickly," he said.

Dalby said he is always available to work on Election Day, but is not sure if he will be asked to work.

County elections supervisor Dixie Mundy, he said, determines the compilation of the teams.

"I am honored when I am requested to work," he said.

Dalby, a real estate agent with Realty Executives, said there is no background experience needed for him or others to volunteer at the polls.

He said Mundy and the county provide excellent training for all of the volunteers who work on Election Day.

The sizes of the teams are based on the number of registered voters in the precinct. The minimum size of a team is seven people.

He said the volunteers who work on Election Day get a very good feeling about the system after working their first election.

The real estate agent said early voting has had an effect in the amount of time he has worked at the polls, as more and more people prefer not to vote on Election Day.

After the polls close, there is still a lot of work to be done to report votes to the county.

Dalby's Election Day ends after spending close to 16 hours at the polls, he said. "We hope to be home by 9 p.m. if everything goes well."

To volunteer to work at the polls in future elections, call Dixie Mundy at (800) 291-4452.

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