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Dedicated Poll Worker Returns for 40th Year



    Dedicated Poll Worker Returns for 40th Year
    Christie Smith
    Sandra Coleman is in her 40th year as a poll worker.

    Sandra Coleman knows all there is to know about voting. She's been a poll worker in Oakland for nearly 40 years and the 73-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.

    Coleman was at The First Unitarian Church, her assigned polling place, well before the polls opened for the primary at 7 a.m. Tuesday, making sure everything was good to go.

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    We sat down with Coleman to talk about why she keeps coming back and the answer is clear:  She wants it down right. She wants voters to leave feeling like they had a positive experience and got to vote fairly for the candidate or issue of their choice.

    There were years when Coleman sat out. Like the the one when she, her husband and her son all swapped stories about their Eletion Day experience. Turns out, it was all bad. At the dinner table everyone told stories of being given wrong information.

    The following election Coleman was back. She knows the rules like the back of her hand.

    In recent years, more people have been voting absentee so it's turned into a rather quiet day.

    "It's long, it's a little more boring." Coleman says. "You get excited when there are voters to keep you busy."

    She says one the most exciting elections was the year Obama was elected president.  In a heavily Democratic precint, she says turnout was great.

    Will she be back next election? Chances are she'd vote "yes."