Election judges hold luncheon

Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey, back left, and Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft speak to election judges Thursday at the Remington Nature Center. The pair handed out awards ahead of next month’s special election.

Missouri’s top election authority personally thanked dozens of volunteer poll workers Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the Buchanan County clerk’s office.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft spoke to the group before shaking hands with 85 election officials, who also were given a certificate of appreciation.

“Election judges are what allow us to have elections. Without them none of us can utilize our right to vote,” Ashcroft said in an interview with News-Press NOW. “It’s wonderful we have people willing to work long hours for small pay as a matter of civic duty to help other people let their voice be heard.”

It’s not always an easy task to locate or even retain the judges needed for any election, let alone the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

“It’s difficult finding election judges, especially the great ones that we have,” said Mary Baack-Garvey, Buchanan County clerk. “Sometimes not everyone can make it to (the polls), so it’s great to have subs and great to have fresh blood out there.”

Baack-Garvey said her office always is looking for new poll workers. Anyone interested should contact her office at 816-271-1412.

Mark Zinn can be reached at mark.zinn@knpn.com.

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