Behind the Scenes of the Elections - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/24/04

Behind the Scenes of the Elections

So far, more than 17,700 people have cast their ballot in Lubbock County during the first week of early voting, but what we don't often hear about are the tireless efforts of the people who organize and administer elections.

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Since August, seven employees from the Lubbock County Elections Office have been working seven days a week, non-stop with many late nights and early mornings.

"I mean from minor things, as to sorting paper clips and sharpening pencils, all the way up to ordering the ballots and getting them in and getting them separated and getting them to write precinct boxes and that kind of thing, so there's a ton of behind the scenes work that goes on and it just takes the very large number of people to get all that work done so that everything looks and seems like a seamless process to the election voter when they go to the early voting place to vote or on election day," explains Dorothy Kennedy, elections administrator.

She says the most challenging task is to be sure there are plenty of ballots on hand at every polling location. Sunday night ballot boxes from the supermarket polling locations were delivered to the elections office where they are locked away in a secure area.

On a daily basis, up to three classes are conducted to train election day workers. On that day, more than 500 will be working at almost 70 polling locations.

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