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Virginia Beach election poll worker an unsung hero during election season

Posted at 11:47 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 21:08:49-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Since early voting in Virginia started September 18, lines outside the Virginia Beach Registrar’s Office have been long, which means registration staff have been working long hours to make sure everything goes smoothly.

One of those people who makes sure your vote is counted is Donna Jordan. She has been with the registrar’s office for the past 21 years, starting out as a volunteer.

“When I started at the polls, I truly felt that God called me to give back to the community and serve the community, and it's an extension of that.”

She did such a great job as a volunteer that the city offered her a job.

But this year, she says is busier and more hectic.

"A lot of things are different this year - certainly the volume of people we have; the volume of people coming in with absentee ballots.”

Her supervisor felt like this quiet, soft-spoken front line hero she should be recognized.

So, we caught up with her manning her post at the registrar’s office helping voters cast their early ballots. We surprised her with a News 3 People Taking Action award and a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner, Southern Bank.

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"I just want to say we admire your dedication and quality of work. We are so grateful for your kindness and support and never forget the difference you’ll make.”

A difference that is appreciated by voters and co-workers alike.

“I’m very happy to serve the 12 permanent employees who work here in this office. They’re wonderful people, and I’m glad to be able to help them.”

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