NORMAN — The Cleveland County Election Board recently hosted a “Poll Worker Appreciation” reception where election board staff, board members, and elected officials gathered to show appreciation for the election volunteers who work at the polling places for each election. During the event, the Election Board identified two election workers that have served for 45 years and eleven that have served for 20 years or longer.
Over one hundred of the county’s 355 precinct officials and their guests attended the come-and-go event and were honored for their service to county voters.
State Senator Anthony Sykes issued an official “Citation of Appreciation” to all of the election workers who live or work in Senate District 24. State Senator Rob Standridge (District 15), State Representatives Aaron Stiles (District 45) and Bob Cleveland (District 20), and County Commissioner Rod Cleveland all attended the event and thanked the election workers for their commitment to the democratic process.
Election Board Secretary Jim Williams was pleased with the turnout and grateful for the participation by elected officials.
“Our county Precinct Officials serve on the ‘front lines’ of our election system and they deserve to be recognized. We certainly appreciate Senator Sykes and the other state officials who took part in the celebration,” Williams said.
The Cleveland County Election Board is currently recruiting additional poll workers for the 2014 statewide elections. Anyone interested in becoming a poll worker should call 366-0210.