Election Volunteers, Power behind the polls

ANCHORAGE, AK - NOVEMBER 03: Envelopes of completed questioned ballots, also known as provisional ballots, await inspection at the Alaska state elections office on November 3, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. With Alaska's midterm election for the state's Senate seat still undecided, election officials are preparing to review all write-in ballots statewide. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who ran as a write-in candidate, is now favored to win the election, which could take weeks or more to resolve. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE-While many Alaskans stand in line to get their ballots.Others are taking a seat to make sure every vote counts."We have to carry the ballots and everything back to the city," said Elaine Nelson, a veteran poll volunteer.

Nelson is no stranger to long election days.She like the others at precinct 535 is a veteran volunteer.One job they do is pretty obvious.

Others are a little more subtle.For Ruthann Hansen this is her first time voting in the Fairview precinct.Something she says was easy because of volunteers, "I was a little skeptical, not familiar with the other familiar faces and everyone was so informative and helped me with everything!" said Hansen.
Hansen says she's an old fashioned voter who prefers going inside a booth over absentee or mail in....but also because of these Alaskans.While this may not be the busiest poll in town--volunteers say it's steady.Which makes putting in at least a  14 hour day as easy as checking yes or no.

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