09/11/2015 2:37 PM
Matt Woehrle (left) from the Johnson County Election Office and Josh King (right) from the Wyandotte County Election Office during a 2015 T-Bones game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Photo by Allison McBrien.)
BY: ALLISON McBRIEN
The election process requires a lot of work, not just from the candidates, but for the election commissions, as well. The Wyandotte and Johnson County Election Commissions continue to work hard in order to serve their communities, including a sponsorship with the Kansas City T-Bones, which includes having a table during the games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
“We’re responsible for administering the elections,” said Johnson County Election Worker Manager, Matt Woehrle.
Sound easy enough? Well, it’s no small task, considering they are responsible for the election process at each polling place and overseeing the implementation of election procedures. Their duties include getting all of the board workers, polling places staffed and then programming the voting machines.
Ultimately, the goal of both commissions is to, “run the elections, so that when you’re ready to vote, there’s someone there with a smile on their face, ready to help,” Woehrle said.
In 2012, the Wyandotte and Johnson County Commissions partnered to start a sponsorship with the Kansas City T-Bones.
“It’s just a good opportunity to go amongst the people we serve and have a different type of interaction with them,” Woehrle said.
The Wyandotte and Johnson County Commissions have continued to help the community at several T-Bones games throughout the season.
“For us, it’s a great opportunity to come out and see the people we serve on a daily basis,” said Woehrle.
The Commissions’ booth during the T-Bones home games provides information on upcoming elections and allows fans to practice using voter machines. Call it their warm-up, if you will.
After all, each election commission feels it’s the right of the citizens to vote, but that personal freedom needs to be exercised.
“Your vote is a precious freedom,” according to the Wyandotte County Election Commission website. “A freedom that has been preserved by thousands of men and women who protect this great nation.”
For more information visit: http://www.jocoelection.org/ and http://www.wycokck.org/election/.