Waiting to vote

I am writing in regard to the article in the March 5 newspaper about the election in Townsend Township. True, we ran
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

I am writing in regard to the article in the March 5 newspaper about the election in Townsend Township.

True, we ran out of ballots in both our precincts A and B. I work in Precinct A and no one was told they could not vote. We had called and ordered more ballots before 1 p.m. I don't recall the exact time we ran out, as we were busy.

All Democrat voters were told to wait or we took phone numbers and would call them when we got the ballots. People went home and came back and still waited. Several people took down chairs and waited several hours.

When the ballots did arrive, we called our list of phone numbers, and only three said, because of very bad weather and roads, they would not come back.

My hat is off to the Vince Jones and his daughter for the phone calls to government officials in Washington and Columbus.

Mr. John Miller does not vote in Precinct A. I'd guess the remark was made in jest. I do hope he comes next time as that will be the general election in November.

Now for the March 9 online commenter: Sandusky County is not in the Third World. Poll workers try to follow the instructions of the Board of Elections. We are volunteers, but paid. Has the commenter filled out an application to work? The hours are great. Up before 5 a.m., to the polls by 6 a.m., help set up, put out flags, etc. Close at 7:30 p.m., tear down and put supplies away. On March 4, it took me 30 minutes to get to my home three miles away.

We have applications in our supply kits. So I'd guess most are the same. At Townsend, there were two first-time workers and of the nine workers, six of us are in our 70s. So yes, young people are needed.

Juanita Karbler

Vickery