Tuesday Election Caps Marathon Year
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Tuesday's election is actually the last of the year but work will go on for months as city clerk's offices are still back-logged from last November's elections. The latest polling caps off a run of eight elections in 14-months, which feels like, "Forever..." to Green Bay City Clerk Kris Teske. Let's put it this way, Teske and her staff have been very busy. "We had to put other things on hold. We get done what we need to get done now and then we play catch-up," Teske said.
However, playing "catch-up" doesn't happen until all of Tuesday's votes are counted. "Voter fatigue?" C'mon! Voting itself only takes about three minutes, the poll workers in Green Bay are logging 14-or-more hours on Tuesday. "Sometimes they don't even get to take a lunch. They eat while they're sitting, they're lucky if they get to go to the bathroom," Teske said.
Be sure, their long hours do not go unnoticed. "You see the same people all the time," said Tom Rankin. "And we're grateful that they do volunteer. It's an integral part of the process."
The next election isn't until 2014 but there is plenty to keep the Clerk's office busy until then.