Election Boards Make Sure Every Vote Counts

Election Boards Make Sure Every Vote Counts

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Heather Snell wants to vote so bad, she went before a Supreme Court judge and won. She got a court order. Her registration mix-up is just one of hundreds of problems resolved at the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections.

“Job one is to always uphold election law. And try to advocate to make sure that those who are legitimately registered to vote have an opportunity to do so,” said Tom Nichols, St. Lawrence County Republican election commissioner.

The board handles about 1,600 calls on election day. Complaints come in about voting machines, voting rolls, people politicking at the polls – even lighting.

The real action is out at polling sites and it takes an army of polling inspectors to get the job done - 340 of them to be exact. They get $250 for the day. Some say it's not about the money.

“I felt like I needed to do more for my community. I wanted to help in some way and I thought this was the best way to do that,” said Nehemiah Parks, Dobisky Center polling inspector.

St. Lawrence County is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware. That can mean a lot of driving when something needs to be fixed.

“Every election is an adventure...We always get a plan ready and we go after it and we never know what's going to change from the minute the phone starts ringing at 5 in the morning on Election Day,” said Nichols

Call it an all-day adventure in the democratic process – that's how they make sure every vote counts. 

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