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Meet your government: Hall elections clerk is busy this time of year

POSTED: November 6, 2008 5:00 a.m.
TOM REED /The Times

Vonda Edwards works in the Hall County elections office.

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Hall County elections clerk Vonda Edwards makes sure things are running smoothly when it comes time to vote.

And election days can be very hectic.

"I enjoy my job very much. I love coming into work," Edwards said.

Edwards said much of her work centers around customer service and answering questions. Helping people is her favorite part of the job, she said.

She said she helps people register to vote and helps them find out where they vote. She also helps with redistricting voting precincts when those change.

But since early voting began Sept. 19 in Hall County, Edwards said she has enjoyed helping people get in and out of the elections office as quickly as possible.

Though lines were out the door for most of last week, Edwards said she took pride in the fact that most people only had to wait 20 to 30 minutes to vote.

"It’s interesting to see how many come out to vote and how excited they get," Edwards said. " We like to see how quickly we can get them moved in without having to wait a long time, and them being so thankful."

Edwards became interested in the election process during the 2000 election.

"I worked here part time in 2000 during that election. Back then we didn’t have the machines, and I was issuing out ballots," Edwards said.

Edwards is engaged and said she is looking forward to planning her wedding. She said she postponed getting married until after the election. She also enjoys spending time with her daughters Rashelle 18 and Crystal Blake, 13.

"My kids keep me busy," Edwards said.



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