Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Poll Workers Prepare for Long Day; Food Important Part of Plan to Keep Fueled Some Fend for Themselves, Others Prepare a Feast

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Poll Workers Prepare for Long Day; Food Important Part of Plan to Keep Fueled Some Fend for Themselves, Others Prepare a Feast

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

Democrats and Republicans disagree on many things. But in Wayne County, they agree on this: Jean Sapp makes a fine coconut cake.

On election days, Sapp bakes four cakes from scratch, one for the East Jesup precinct that she manages and three more for the Wayne County Courthouse.

She and other poll workers around Southeast Georgia have found ways to quell hunger pangs as they work 14-hour days away from the kitchen or their favorite eatery. Glynn County and McIntosh County are among the few that cater food to poll workers. In Glynn County, mainland poll workers have biscuits and coffee in the morning and usually dine on fried chicken with two vegetables or sandwiches for lunch, said Cecil Little, chairman of the Glynn County Board of Elections.

On St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, where the distance makes delivery a little more problematic, the food comes from restaurants closer to the polls, Little said.

It's all part of the plan to fuel up poll workers as they help Georgians use a new, $54 million computer touch-screen voting system in today's general election.

Elenore "Doll" Gale, supervisor of McIntosh County elections, said she would ask a local restaurant to cater fried chicken dinners to poll workers there. The exception is Sapelo Island, which is accessible only by boat and where the 57 registered voters cast ballots at a seniors center.

As in past elections, Florence Hall, who cooks lunches for the elderly in the Meal on Wheels program, will put a little extra in the pot and the oven for the three poll workers at the center.

Menu possibilities include green beans, mashed potatoes, fresh whiting, roast beef, turkey and dressing or broccoli -- and only Hall gets a vote on today's menu.

"It's a good, solid meal," she said.

In Ware County, poll workers are pretty much on their own, but some have managed to make the best of it, the very best in fact, Probate Judge Marcus Lee Sweat Jr. …

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