To the Editor: County elections board workers are praised
Written by Mike Marsh   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:19
Perhaps the most unappreciated part of the entire election season is the election process itself. We witnessed in Wood County, once again, an excellent job by the staff at the Wood County Board of Elections. Two directors and six full-time staff have done a tremendous job for many years for our citizens. While election day itself may be the "reward," the real work has gone on for months getting ready by just a handful of people.
Of course, all of us were aware of the race for president, but our county is home to nine school district, and parts of four others. Numerous ambulance and fire districts, township police and fire issues, and candidates and ballot issues from all levels. All of those matters have been spread across 97 precincts, sometimes with many multiple issues to be divided by streets within precincts.
Thousands of people voted early, right through the last weekend and even on Monday when 568 people voted at the office. All that, while the same eight people were getting 97 polling precincts ready for Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. Recruiting and training and coordinating the many people who give hours of their time as poll workers took place as well.
Then hundreds of BGSU students voted at the campus on Tuesday until well after 9 p.m., contributing to the more than 2,000 provisional ballots requiring even more work.
To compound the complexity of the job, it has become almost tradition for at least one judge if not many more to change the rules in mid-stream. This year, for example, a court ruling led to ballot language changes after all ballots were ready for the start of early voting.
Being on the board of elections gives me a bird's eye view of the dedication and many hours put forth by those workers. While the networks may have "called" the election at 10:45 p.m. on election night, those eight people who put on the election in Wood County locked the doors at 1 a.m. and were back bright and early the next day ready to continue with the process. No, they do not receive overtime pay for those kinds of hours, it comes with the job, and frankly they seem to like it.
Many thanks for yet another job well done.
Mike Marsh
Bowling Green

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