As Sealy casts its vote for mayor, the school board and charter amendments on Election Day, May 6, the unsung heroes who make democracy work are the volunteers that spend the day at Hill Community Center making sure the democratic process stays intact.
The group of ladies greeted everyone with a big smile and made sure everyone got the chance to be heard.
Election Judge Patsy Davis has been volunteering for 20 years.
“I was asked to do it, and I continue to do it,” she said.
She said the voters thank the volunteers all the time from the community.
“They appreciate us being down here,” she said.
Residents vote with an iPad.
“It’s pretty easy now,” Davis said. You need your driver’s license. We don't have paper ballots anymore.”
Mayoral candidate Janice Whitehead adores the volunteers.
“It’s a time-consuming job, and they give up a Saturday, take care of our community, and I admire that and respect that,” she said.
Whitehead said she was an election volunteer for many years.
“It takes a lot of sacrifices,” Husband Glen Whitehead said. “It’s not just the time they spend here; it’s time they spend beforehand to know the proper procedures for the election process.”
Mayoral candidate Michael Kubricht said the volunteers arrived at 6:30 a.m. and will have a 15-hour day at the poll.
“It’s all volunteer and community service, and I think they deserve a pat on the back,” he said. “They are always friendly cheerful, and it’s a long day. We owe them.”
The complete story will be in the May 11, edition of The Sealy News.