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September 12, 2013

Poll worker reflects on decade of experience

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — She’s seen all kinds of elections over the years.

Margaret Mattix said she has worked election polls for about 10 years.

So, how did she get her start working at election polls?

Mattix said someone heard she was retiring and “put her name in” at the Mahaska County Auditor’s Office.

Mattix noted that there’s something new all the time, citing the new computers and scanners used in Tuesday’s school board election.

It’s not just school board elections where you’ll find Mattix working at polling locations. She said she’s done poll work for every kind of election. This would include primaries and presidential elections.

“The presidential is always more challenging,” said Mattix, noting the higher voter turnout for that particular election.

Election Day of any kind is a long one for poll workers. On Tuesday afternoon, Mattix noted that she’d been at the North I Street voting location since 6 a.m. Polls closed at 8 p.m.

“It is a long day,” she said.

Despite any challenges faced as a poll worker, Mattix said she likes doing it because it’s interesting and she likes seeing people while doing it.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.