Volunteers finish training for Election Day

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The rush is on to finish training more than a thousand workers who will help at the polls in Richmond on Tuesday.

Inside a crowded room on West Moore Street, is the backbone of election day in the City of Richmond, a fleet of volunteers training to work the polls come election day.

"We're learning how to use the voting machines, the electronic poll books, all the forms, and there are many of them that we have to use particularly at the end of the day," said volunteer Clement Woodward.

Woodward is volunteering for the 22nd year in a row, but he still sits in the front of the class and has logged an estimated 50 hours of training this year, something he admits his wife doesn't always understand.

"Many, many hours of work and prep time," said Woodward. "Classes and study and so forth and a lot of at home work. I've taken some classes two or three times because I wasn't feeling comfortable."

Tuesday, though, the training pays off.

"They get there at 5 o'clock in the morning," said Kirk Showalter, Richmond General Registrar. "Set up the voting machines, set the signs up, put the supplies out, and have the doors open at 6 a.m. for the voters."

And those workers will stay until the polls close.

Newbie volunteer, Rebecca Reimer, said she's doing it because she believes in democracy.

"I wanted to get a better look at what goes into the election process," said Reimer.

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