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More than 400 elections workers preparing for Lubbock County joint primaries

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More than 400 election workers in Lubbock are gearing up for a busy voting year. While spots at the elections office are full, poll workers remind citizens of the importance of doing their part.

Jill Henry has been an election worker for more than 20 years. She said while the way we vote has changed, the importance of it hasn't. 

"The reason I'm working is to try to make people realize how important. It's your voice in voting. And it does make a difference," she said. 

Of course there are other incentives to getting involved. It's a paid position, including paid training. 

"I just thought it was a civic duty. Okay, I'm retired, I think I'll work an election. And then I found out you get paid," Debbie Hobgood said. 

This is Hobgood's second year as an election worker. Her first in Lubbock County. While the paycheck is an added bonus, she said since working behind the scenes she's gained a new perspective of the job. 

"Just understanding the process. I gained a really great respect for the whole election," she said.

There's 37 polling locations in Lubbock. So, it takes a lot to make sure each election runs smoothly. 

"You know we start with all this equipment here and having to move all the machines to all the locations, we've got mail ballots. We've got so much going on and there's so much paperwork involved that we do need the people. And it's a job that you don't have to take home at night," Henry said. 

With workers there helping protect the security of each vote. 

"I feel like guarding the purity of the election is very important now," Henry said. 

Hobgood encourages everyone to get out and vote. With this year's presidential election a highly anticipated one, ballots can even be brought to you. 

"We had a lady, her son brought her from a nursing home. She was in the car, we took it out to her. And that you can really assist a lot of people that may not can physically get to the poll, but they want to vote," Hobgood said. 

The Lubbock County Elections Office is currently fully staffed. Early voting begins February 18. The primaries are Super Tuesday on March 3.

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