Dare commissioners salute ‘election heroes’

Published 7:18 am Thursday, November 10, 2022

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The Dare County Board of Commissioners declared Monday, November 7, 2022 “Election Hero Day” to show appreciation and support for Dare County Elections department staff members and precinct workers throughout the county.

The decision to pass a resolution honoring the 100-plus individuals was reached unanimously during the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting November 7, 2022.

It was noted that these “election heroes” have already played an integral role in the processes leading up to Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

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“We have county Elections staff and precinct workers that help out with every single election that we have here in Dare County,” said Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard. “And I thought it was appropriate that we certainly honor those individuals who work our polls, who allow us to exercise our right to vote and [who] support that and help us get through the process.”

As of Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, 8,841 of the 31,886 registered voters in Dare County had completed one-stop early voting. The Dare County Elections department has already processed 488 absentee ballots.

Election Hero Day was created by 501(c)3 non-profit Civic Responsibility to recognize the importance and work of election administration staff members and precinct workers across the nation.

The Dare County Board of Elections is governed by a five-member board that is appointed by the North Carolina State Board of Elections and has the responsibility of safeguarding the will of the people, protecting democracy and establishing fairness and equity for all in the process of self-governance.

The mission of the Dare County Board of Elections is to provide open, honest and professionally managed election services to the community and to ensure that these elections are free, fair, accurate, convenient and accessible to all voters in Dare County, states a media release.

About 100 precinct workers from throughout Dare County work to support local elections staff at the county’s three early voting locations, as well as all 16 precincts on Election Day, to help administer a smooth voting process for the citizens of Dare County.