Three decades later, one Officer of Elections in Roanoke continues helping voters on Election Day

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Election Day would not run smoothly without the help from Officers of Elections, the people who help guide voters at the polls.

Election Day comes and goes, but there is one long-time constant at Precinct 11.That constant is Jane Smith, the Chief Officer of Election who’s been doing the job for 35 years.

“I’m responsible for the conducting the election and what goes on in this precinct,” said Smith.

Smith says it all started with an absentee ballot 35 years ago. Someone who was working at her precinct asked if she would consider becoming an Officer of the Elections, and the rest is history.

“It’s my way of doing my part. I would never want to be a person that ran for office, but it’s my part of adding to the whole process,” Smith said.

For more than three decades, Smith has seen a lot, but she says it’s the people who make her job worthwhile.

“You have everything from the children and the dogs who come, and then there are people who make such an effort,” said Smith. “They are challenged and they put forth this Herculean effort to exercise their right to vote. And you can’t help, but in mind.”

WFXR News asked Smith if she sees another 35 years working as a Chief Officer of Election in her future. She says she will continue as long as she feels effective.

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