Civic duty

Caroline Sullivan, from left, Brittany Gates, Laveta Moore and Emily Thompson got their first opportunity to participate in a municipal election as poll workers May 7. (Photo by Lisa Voyles)

Caroline Sullivan, from left, Brittany Gates, Laveta Moore and Emily Thompson got their first opportunity to participate in a municipal election as poll workers May 7.
(Photo by Lisa Voyles)

HOUSTON – As voters filed into the civic center in Houston to cast their ballots, they had to chose a party affiliation and then locate their ward.
The civic center was filled with tables designating wards and plenty of poll workers were on hand to assist. This year, several new faces were in place as well.
Caroline Sullivan, Nicole Moore, Brittany Gates and Emily Thompson served as pollworkers for the first time this election and were glad to be of service.
“I thought it would be a great experience,” Sullivan said.”I did learn a few things about the election process I didn’t know.”
Moore volunteered when she heard the commission was looking for more poll workers for this election. She said she feels voting is important to her community and wanted to get involved.
“I want to get more active in community service and more involved in the politics of our city,” Moore said. “I think it was worth it becuase I did see and learn the process of the voting procedure.”
Gates is graduating Mississippi State University this month and responded to the call for volunteers.
“I agreed to do it because I knew it was something I had never done before and it was to help the community,” Gates said. “I really enjoyed myself even though it was a long day. At the end of the day I knew I was a lot of help to my team. I learned not only about the election but more about the people in my community.”
Sullivan agreed that volunteering was time well spent.
“I was definietly a long day,” Sullivan said. “It was well worth it.”

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