Archive for Thursday, April 7, 2005

Judging at the polls

April 7, 2005

When Mary Lou Euler began working elections in Lansing more than 15 years ago, the process entailed substantially more work. Euler and the other workers used to count the votes by hand after the polls closed.

"We would be counting votes until the wee hours of the morning," Euler said.

Now workers take ballots to the courthouse in Leavenworth where a machine tabulates them. The machine counting the ballots makes it a more convenient process and requires poll workers to work fewer hours.

Still, Election Day makes for a long day. Euler and other poll employees showed up at 6:30 a.m. to set up for Tuesday's election. Her day ended around 14 hours later after she dropped the ballots off at the courthouse in Leavenworth.

Before becoming a supervising judge at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church precinct five years ago, Euler worked for the Election Board.

Last year's presidential election is one that sticks out in Euler's mind.

"People never stopped coming in from morning until night," Euler said. "We are usually sorry that there are not more people voting."

Name: Mary Lou Euler

Address: 717 Englewood

Occupation: Housewife, supervising judge for the elections at the St. Francis precinct

Graduate of: Sedan High School

Family: Husband Merle; two sons, Scott and Kurtis; five grandchildren; three

stepchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six stepgreatgrandchildren

Mary Lou Euler

Mary Lou Euler

How long have you lived in Lansing? Since 1966 - I came because my husband was a school administrator for the Lansing school district.

What do you like most about Lansing? Friendliness and community spirit. I grew up in a small town, so I like the closeness of the people and the schools.

What do you do to relax? Play bridge with friends, play golf at Leavenworth Country Club, listen to religious and classical music

What would surprise people about you? I've had two holes in one. One was in Minnesota and the other was at LCC.

What's the best advice you ever received? I think the golden rule is a pretty good one: "Do unto others the way you want to them to do unto you;" "Persevere and strive for what you want;" "If you want it, go get it."

What organizations do you belong to? PEO, a philanthrophic fraternal organization for women; Philomatheon, a literature/book club; Lansing United Methodist Women's Group; Leavenworth Country Club Women's Golf Assn.; Tuesday Bridge Club; Eastern Star

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