With the September primaries less than a month away, Middletown poll workers are getting ready for the big day. To help with early voting or on Election Day, Nov. 8, visit the Town Clerk's office or https://mdl.town/Election for more information.
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POLL WORKERS GETTING PREPARED
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AUGUST 17, 2022) – Local poll workers are getting ready for the upcoming elections.
With Sept. 13 primary in Rhode Island less than a month away, more than a dozen Middletown election officials were on hand this week in Town Hall to learn the ins and outs of running an election.
While most in attendance were more than familiar with the process, they acknowledged that every election brings its share of updates, changes and new technology to learn.
The online training session from the council chambers was led by Jennifer Regan. She works for the Rhode Island Board of Elections with nursing home ballots and training election staff.
“It’s important that everyone gets the same training,” Town Clerk Wendy J.W. Marshall said. “Making sure an election runs smoothly is one of the most important things we do and the Rhode Island Board of Elections does an excellent job making sure we have all the pieces we need.”
Marshall said at this point, the town has more than enough poll workers for the Sept. 13 primaries. However, applications to work early November voting and Election Day, Nov. 8 itself were still being accepted at the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours and https://mdl.town/Election online.
As poll workers listened attentively to Regan while sitting in front of a large screen, she stressed the importance of following the rules and having checks and balances in place to make sure there were no issues.
During her upbeat, engaging presentation, Regan covered everything from where to place what signs around a polling station to the handling of a ballot, what’s expected during the day, what types of IDs people can present to vote and when lunch and dinner breaks should be taken.
“We start the day as a team and end the day as a team,” Regan said.
Throughout, she said it was important that everyone work together.
“Working as a pair ensures we have checks and balances,” Regan said.
Marshall said she appreciated all the effort the state Board of Elections has put into the 2022 races.
“I know everyone here takes it very seriously,” Marshall said. “We’re looking forward to the primary and Election Day.”
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