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Letter: Thanks to election judge

To the Editor:

While not every single candidate/issue that I was in favor of won, I could not have been happier or prouder of this past election.

Most importantly, I was very impressed with the voter turnout, which apparently was the highest in many years. Although I would still love to see a higher percentage of individuals register to vote, and an even higher percentage turn out in future years, the turnout for this past election certainly indicated that more people are realizing how important it is to exercise their right to vote, and how lucky we are to have that right.

Kudos should be extended to the female middle-aged election judge who was present at the precinct at the Johnsburg Community Club on Tuesday morning. Certainly not through the fault of any of the election judges, the electronic voting machines were disabled.

When I was ready to feed my paper ballot into the single tallying machine that was present, there was a long line of voters waiting behind it, and this particular election judge working very hard to try and persuade the machine to accept the paper ballots. She was working on it very diligently, but after she had been doing so for almost 10 minutes, the line of people waiting behind me was not extremely long. I mentioned to the election judge that she may want to call the County Clerk, because everyone was naturally becoming impatient.

While I was outside the building, I overheard the election judge on her phone to the County Clerk, raising her voice very forcefully, and directing very strong language toward whoever was on the other end of that phone. She was explaining the very dire situation in graphic terms, and was demanding that someone immediately be sent down to the precinct to help out the situation.

As she hung up her phone and started heading back inside, I stopped her for a brief second and told her how impressed I was with her hard work and tenacity. So again, kudos to whoever that woman was.

Thomas J. Popovich

McHenry

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