Washington County poll workers train for Nov. 7 election

Photo by Janelle Patterson Jedd Butler helps Patricia Henke learn to use the ExpressPoll books to be used in the Nov. 7 election to check in voters during poll worker training Wednesday at the Washington County Board of Elections.

MARIETTA — Several new faces joined seasoned veterans at poll worker training Wednesday at the Washington County Board of Elections but the board is still in search of a handful more to commit to working Nov. 7.

“I decided to do this because I thought it sounded interesting,” said Reno resident Sierra Yannitell, who turns 18 today. “I think it will be a neat learning experience.”

Rob Tate, 38, of Marietta, said he has always wanted to be more involved in Election Day but only recently learned how.

“I enjoy talking to people and helping them so what better way to help this American process?” he said.

Tate and Yannitell will be two of the new faces joining some 210 poll workers at the polling locations across Washington County in less than three weeks.

Photo by Janelle Patterson Sierra Tannitell practices using the electronic polling station available for those with hearing and sight impairments during poll worker training Wednesday at the Washington County Board of Elections.

But even seasoned veterans to the job have had to learn something new in training this year.

“These ExpressPoll books are brand new,” explained Jedd Butler, of Newport.

Butler, who has been aiding in elections for the past decade, said the new check-in machines should make Election Day more streamlined and customer-friendly.

“Now I’m on the set-up and tear-down crew and I’m excited about these brand new machines because they are all wireless and can talk to each other wirelessly,” he said. “And they allow you to look up information for people who are out of precinct so you can print out the right location for them to go to as well.”

Patricia Henke, 63, of Churchtown, said she was eager to learn the new machine since she hadn’t been involved in election work since the early 2000s.

“But I’m retired now so I thought I could come back,” she said. “I can work wherever they need me to.”

Peggy Byers, deputy director for the board, led the training Wednesday and also pointed out that one final training will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Board of Elections, 204 Davis Ave., Suite B, Marietta.

She also pointed out that additional online training is available through the state to poll workers and further information will be provided to those assigned to cover polling locations.

For more information or to get involved call 740-374-2566.