While many teachers, government employees and others will have the opportunity to sleep in on Election Day, enjoy some rest and then make their way to the polls, election officers like Eugenia Morrison will be up before the sun. As part of what she considers her civic duty, Morrison will possibly spend 14 hours at the polls on Tuesday, but she doesn’t mind.
“I love it,” Morrison said. “I just love it and I feel like I’m producing my civic duty.”
Taught to participate in government at an early age, Morrison has served as an election officer in Barren County for more than half a century. Morrison’s father, an election officer and a “strong Republican,” took her to the courthouse to register as a voter and an election officer as soon as she was old enough, in 1953. At the time, Morrison had not fully developed her interest in politics, so her father’s urging was what pushed her into her career at the polls.
“I knew I was a Republican, but not so active,” Morrison said.
Morrison started out as an election officer in the Coral Hill precinct, a very small precinct that needed election officers.
“It was all Democrats in that precinct and they never could find a Republican officer,” Morrison said.
Morrison moved to the Hiseville precinct when she bought a farm near Griderville a few years later, and now that she has moved to Glasgow, she continues to serve in the Hiseville precinct. Four officers run the Hiseville polling station, and Election Day starts early for them.
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