We’ve asked some of our long-time poll workers to share their stories as part of our poll worker spotlight series. Mary Dubber has been working the polls for nearly all of her adult life. She finds great fulfillment in helping her neighbors take part in voting. Continue reading to learn more about her experience and see what it’s like to work the polls.
The following responses have been paraphrased.
How long have you been serving as a poll worker?
I started working the polls when I was 20 years old, more than 45 years ago.
What brings you back each year?
There are many reasons I come back for each election. I like that I am assigned to a location close to home and I have made many friendships. I also enjoy the voting education I have received and am interested in the policies involved with elections and voting.
What are some of your most memorable moments as an Election Official?
Years ago our voting location was featured in “The Plain Dealer” which was exciting. I also remember when the mayor of Lakewood visited us on Election Day. A few other memories include seeing coworkers again, the ever-changing voter turnout and a few stormy wintery days.
What is your favorite part about being an Election Official?
I appreciate having great coworkers that help one another throughout the day. I enjoy watching the returns. Of course, the pay, too.
Describe the energy at polling locations on Election Day.
Mornings can be a little hard, but our wonderful co-manager keeps it all together with energy and interest. He helps to keep us going all day long.
Why is being an Election Official important to you?
Being an Election Official is important to me because I am able to fulfill a civic duty. It is important to me that I am part of the process.
Did you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day? Can you describe this?
Yes! After all of the balancing is done I feel a sense of pride and fulfillment.
What is it like to know you made a difference in our electoral process?
It is a good feeling. We all hope we did a decent job helping voters and fulfilling our duties.
Why, in your opinion, should others become Election Officials?
Being an Election Official gives you an opportunity to work with your neighbors for the good of our country and to take an interest in who should be in charge of our political affairs.
Please share any thoughts you have about being an Election Official.
When I started to work the polls, it was required for someone to sponsor you. Back then, and still now, there was a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Of course, the stipend is always appreciated!
We are now accepting applications for poll workers for the May 8 Primary Election. To be considered for this honorable service, please apply online or call 216-443-3277 for more information.
To view all of the stories in our poll worker spotlight series, click here.