Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Longtime Middleburg Poll Workers Retire

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Longtime Middleburg Poll Workers Retire

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Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer

Three longtime Middleburg poll workers remember a gentleman voter who brought each of them a soda on election day.

The three women, who recently retired from working the polls at the Weigel Senior Center, reminisced about past election days when they had to wear dresses and heels and count ballots by hand.

"Our poll workers are like family to the Elections Office. We will miss their commitment and dedication," Supervisor of Elections Barbara Kirkman said.

Anna Hill became a poll worker in 1968, Viola Mishler in 1982 and Betty Barthlow in 1986.

They laughed when recalling the old voting booths. Voters would pull the curtain, vote and then crawl underneath the curtain to exit. Then the poll worker would crawl in, draw back the lever to finalize the vote and to clear the machine for the next voter. At the end of the day, workers counted ballots before returning results to the Elections Office. …

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