We’ve asked some of our long-time poll workers to share their stories as part of our poll worker spotlight series. Last year, Linda Hlucky celebrated her 25th year as a poll worker. She loves serving her neighbors and has many fond memories. She looks forward to celebrating her 30th anniversary in 2023! Continue reading to learn more about her experience.
The following responses have been paraphrased.
How long have you been serving as a poll worker?
What brings you back each year?
I have enjoyed working at the voting booth at Thoreau Park Elementary School. I enjoyed other locations as well that were in walking distance from my home. I enjoy having a nice polling location manager. Overall, I am a dependable and loyal worker, and I get along with other workers and voters.
What are some of your most memorable moments as an Election Official?
I have had many celebrations as a poll worker! We celebrated when I reached my milestone years (10th year in 2003, 15th year in 2008, and 20th in 2013). In November of 2016 we celebrated my 25th year and my sixth presidential election. My polling manager surprised me with a cake, and we enjoyed food and taking pictures.
What is your favorite part about being an Election Official?
I love being hired back each election to help voters that come to vote at the voting booth. Many voters are friendly and patient. I also enjoy assisting on the evening before Election Day to set up booths and paperwork during the organizational meeting. Election Day is very exciting.
Describe the energy at polling locations on Election Day.
In my experience, Election Day is always very busy with voters from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Poll workers are happy to help them out when necessary. The other poll workers and I all get along well together.
Why is being an Election Official important to you?
I use the extra money as I am on a very tight budget. I also enjoy seeing other workers as we all get along very well together.
Did you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day? Can you describe this?
Yes, I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment. I enjoy working at the polls, but I am very tired when I go home. I go to bed early and look forward to working future elections.
What is it like to know you made a difference in our electoral process?
It makes me feel great to be at the polls in a friendly atmosphere, getting along perfectly with other works and voters. I enjoy working very much, knowing I am helping voters.
Why, in your opinion, should others become Election Officials?
It is a great experience working to help voters. You can earn extra money and it’s only twice a year.
Please share any additional thoughts you have about being an election official.
It’s hard to believe I celebrated my 25th anniversary as a poll worker in 2017! I want to make it to 30 years or longer. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work for so many years. It’s been a great experience for me!
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.