Dedicated election workers continue to volunteer
DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) Working the polls can be a long day for volunteers, but their job is important!
And it is a job many dedicated volunteers keep doing year after year.
They have to be ready to go at their polling places by 5 a.m. and they work until at least 8 p.m. or later. They do not leave until each vote is counted.
Doris Bolton is the Assistant Chief at the Ward 1 polling place on Green Street. She has been a volunteer poll worker for 20 years.
"I love the fellowship that I have here with the other volunteers we've become somewhat a family so to speak," Doris Bolton said.
Nancye Motley volunteers at Ward 4 at Ballou Park. She has been working the polls since Bill Clinton's presidential election.
She said it is much easier to work the polls now than it was years ago.
"It used to be very complicated with the election books, you had to go through it manually and find the name of every voter and the lines would be long and the people would be cross, but now it goes so fast sometimes you really think you've forgotten to do something," Motley said.
For primary elections throughout Danville Registrar Peggy Petty said they have about 90 official election volunteers working the polls.
But Petty said they sometimes use more than 160 people when there are presidential elections. Petty said they are always looking for more volunteers.
If you're interested in becoming a poll worker, stop by your local registrars office. Motley said workers will make around $130 for volunteering their time.