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Radio Diary: The Civic Duty Of A Poll Worker

Detroit election workers work on counting absentee ballots for the 2020 general election at TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)
Detroit election workers work on counting absentee ballots for the 2020 general election at TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)

Elizabeth Saunders served five years in the U.S. Navy. And last Tuesday, she served her country again, by being a poll worker in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Specifically, at precinct 24 in North Tulsa.

“As a veteran, I don’t really care who you vote for, just that you are there showing up to actually engage in your civic duty to have your say in how this country is run,” Elizabeth says.

This was Elizabeth’s second stint as a poll worker. When she walked into the Sheridan Avenue United Methodist Church at 6:30 a.m. on Election Day, she’s the first to admit … she was pretty nervous.

In this radio diary, we hear about Elizabeth’s experience as a poll worker during a tumultuous election.


In this radio diary … we hear from:

Elizabeth Saunders, poll worker in Oklahoma.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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