Poll workers struggle to stay busy during low voter turnout

Published: Feb. 27, 2018 at 4:07 PM EST
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The 89th district of Kentucky is made up of Jackson, Laurel, and Madison Counties. On Tuesday they held a special election to fill a seat left empty by Marie Rader's resignation this past December.

Democrat Kelly Smith is running against Republican Robert Goforth to fill the vacant seat.

Workers at the Masonic Lodge in East Burnstadt stood at the ready from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to make sure everything at the polling station went well.

“What do I enjoy here?” said Betty Begley a poll worker. “Seeing all the people."

Begley has worked many elections and cannot pinpoint how many she has worked but this special election is a first for her and she was working hard to stay busy.

“It would be terrible," Begley said when asked what it would be like to work the polls without the other workers there.

Begley was the outspoken one of the group. She cracked jokes all morning and when asked for an interview she said she would not do it without someone she had been sharing quips with all morning, Jeffery Hammons.

Hammons has worked the polls for 7 years and said this year he was making it by with the help of the other poll workers too.

"A lot, it makes the day go by a whole lot faster," said Hammons.

Begley and Hammons traded jabs as the interview went along but both admitted things were a lot more interesting with the other.

“Oh we just talk to each other, that monkey sitting over there," said Begley. "Uhh it would be boring, very boring," added Hammons.