Election volunteer makes sure votes count

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 11, 2002

Barbara Lysne has been on the front lines of democracy for the past 12 years.

Lysne sets aside every election day and helps make sure everyone’s vote is counted.

Lysne started working elections after she retired. It was something she wanted to do while working but did not have the time. She responded to an ad and has enjoyed it ever since.

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“I like seeing the people and helping the people vote,” she said. “I don’t really care what happens in the election, I want people to vote.&uot;

Lysne starts Election Day by reporting to the polling place at 6 a.m. She stays there until the last vote is counted. This year with the U.S. Senate ballots having to be counted by hand that meant staying even later. Lysne and the other workers at the polling place rotate jobs throughout the day, so everybody does a little bit of everything.