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Faculty, staff, students help keep polls open

David McKinney/University Relations

More than 60 KU faculty, staff and students volunteered as poll workers for this month’s election. Above, Sandra Gray, associate professor of anthropology, assists Brandie Rhodes, a sophomore aerospace engineering major, at the Burge Union polling station.

Douglas County voters who cast their ballots on election day likely saw a Jayhawk or two at their polling place. Sixty-two KU faculty, staff and students volunteered to serve as poll workers this year, and nearly 40 were called upon to help. Earlier this year, KU teamed up with the Douglas County Clerk’s office to encourage volunteers. Larger than average turnout was expected with an historic presidential election and several hotly contested races and big ticket initiatives on the ballot.

The supervising judges appreciated their hard work and are looking forward to seeing them in the future,” said Julie Ybarra, Douglas County Clerk’s office election worker coordinator of KU volunteers. “My hope is that they will all continue to volunteer in the upcoming elections. We need all the good people we can get.”

Below is a list of KU faculty, staff and students who volunteered at the polls.

Anthony Aly, student; Melissa Anderson, student; Beth Baca, Schoool of Social Welfare; Trisha Blunt, student; Edith Bond, Bureau of Child Research; Paula Courtney, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; William Crowe, KU Libraries; Neil Darby, student; Jeannie Eblen, University Relations; Leon Garcia, Facilities Operations; Sandra Gray, anthropology; Laura Green, Information and Telecommunication Technology Center; Kalin Holthaus, student; Michael Holtz, student; Suzanne House, Applied English Center; Jessica Isaac, student; Kim Le, environmental studies; Allen McDaneld, Information Services; David Nelson, student; Peggy Nichols, Comptroller’s Office; Kisha Phillips-Short, student; Carla Ramirez, Research and Graduate Studies; Karen Roberts, Information Services; Barry Robinson Ryan, student; Marysa Sacerdote, International Student and Scholar Services; Evie Schlife, student; Lois Sierra, University Relations; Samantha Snyder, student; Jessica Stewart, School of Nursing; Cecilia Stumpff, student; Cathy Swenson-Tucker, Office of Study Abroad; Kristi Thompson, Business and Financial Planning; Joda Totten, School of Engineering; Enedina Villeareal, University Advising Center; Kellen Voss, student; Kate Wasserman, student; Thomas Wilcox, Comptroller’s Office.

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