Poll workers make sure everything goes smoothly when you vote

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 6:19pm

Michael Bailey is one of thousands of people who are working in polling places. He started in 2005, right after Hurricane Katrina.

"I work for the state and we got a request from Governor Blanco to get certified, so I volunteered to do it down in New Orleans," stated Bailey. "It was different, but it was good to see the people coming out to vote, because a lot of people came out that didn't know if one another were dead or alive, so there were a lot of reunions there."

He is the Commissioner-In-Chief at the Clerk of Court's Office on Coursey Boulevard. Bailey started at 5:00 a.m. today, getting the voting machines set up. He'll oversee the check-in process, making sure everyone is able to vote, or re-routing them if they're in the wrong place.

"It's not boring during an election like this. Some of the single-issue elections, like tax renewals that have only one issue on the ballot, may get boring during the afternoons, but a presidential or gubernatorial election, there's always something going on."

But Bailey says no matter how busy it gets inside the precinct, he's always glad to be there. Both voters and the state take good care of him.

"Oh, they treat us great, voters are really nice. They don't feed us like they used to years ago, but still really nice. They're kind and understanding, and very few people get upset."

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