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Secretary of State Husted Honors Four Outstanding Poll Workers for Their Service to Ohio

Columbus – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today awarded four Ohio precinct election officials with “Red Carpet Awards” for their dedication to running good elections in their communities. It takes approximately 40,000 poll workers to manage polling places on any given Election Day in Ohio, and these four individuals represent the cream of the crop:

    Jean Vendetti a Democrat from Ashtabula County,

    Josh Spengler, a Republican from Fairfield County,

    Madelyn Damiano, a Democrat from Mahoning County, and

    Lois Clark, a Republican from Ashtabula County.

“Poll workers are on the frontlines of every election and play a tremendous role in ensuring Ohio voters can cast their ballots with ease and integrity,” Secretary Husted said. “Poll workers certainly don’t do their jobs for the pay or the glory, but I want to be sure they know how much we appreciate their service.”

Upon his election, Secretary Husted instituted the Precinct Election Official “Red Carpet Award” in an effort to recognize the service and dedication of poll workers throughout Ohio. This program is part of his ongoing work to aid Ohio’s 88 boards of elections with the recruitment, training and retention of good elections officials. Awardees are nominated by boards of election and chosen annually by the Secretary of State’s office.

For more information on the Secretary of State’s poll worker program or to learn about becoming a precinct election official in Ohio, please visit

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