Germantown ready for anything on busy election day

Posted at 10:15 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 23:18:07-04

GERMANTOWN — At Germantown Village Hall, officials are preparing for an eventful election day. Village clerk Deanna Braunschweig says anything could happen.

"But we can handle it. It is a team," Braunschweig said.

That means getting the team ready for anything.

After testing the voting equipment Monday night, Braunschweig spent more than an hour walking her election workers through just about every scenario imaginable, from registering a voter to handling an obnoxious observer.

For a first-time poll worker like Dianne Retzlaff, it's a lot to take in.

"It's gonna be a deer in the headlights, I guess. I am looking forward to helping and doing my public duty," Retzlaff said.

The biggest task election day is getting through 7,000 ballots already voted early and absentee.

That's half of this community's 14,000 registered voters - a task Braunschweig thinks can get done without much delay.

"It takes six seconds per ballot to put it through the machine. But we still have five more days to go," she said.

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