Election workers help make your vote count
In the chaos of Election Day, hundreds of workers strive to make it easy to get out and cast your ballot.
Cindy Medbery is passionate, to say the least, about her right to vote.
That is why she spends every Election Day helping others practice theirs.
“Your vote could be the deciding factor,” Medbery said. “It is a privilege to be able to do, it is kind of a community service.”
She has been an election worker for 20 years. Gerry Keeling has been doing the same for 36.
“I can’t believe it. I cannot believe a whole lot about the age I have reached, but it’s a pleasure to be here,” said 76-year-old Keeling.
She got up at 3:30 this morning. It’s going to be a long day, but she loves the challenge because she loves her country.
“War time is my first year of remembering and I just remember how much was given and I think it’s so sad that people don’t vote, really it’s sad. So God bless those who do,” Keeling said.
In Keeling’s experience, fewer than 20 percent of Mat-Su residents show up to vote.
Most races in the Valley won’t be decided until the general election in November, so she is pleasantly surprised with how many people have come by.
“I always invited people to seal their own ballot envelope, to cast their own ballot because that gives you, as I call it, the whole enchilada of being a voting citizen,” Keeling said.
The volunteers at Palmer City Precinct One are there to help, no matter how big or small the turnout.