Elections office helps voters at Wal-Mart during national event

Fletcher Williams and Ed Kitchen

Fletcher Williams and Ed Kitchen help Julia and Michael Gaskins change their address on their voter records.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 08:45 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Wal-Mart patrons added voter registration cards to their shopping lists on Tuesday as poll workers staffed tables at the store for National Voter Registration Day.

Of 66 forms completed countywide during the daylong event, 31 people at the Crestview site registered to vote, updated their addresses or changed their party affiliation.

The Crestview team had signed up 11 new voters by mid-afternoon, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections voter education and PR coordinator Bridget Richard said.

Baker resident Ron Patton visited a table staffed by Pat Presley and Sally Yozviak to change his party affiliation from Republican to independent.

Updating his voter card wasn't Patton's primary reason for visiting the store, he said, but he couldn't pass up the convenience.

"I saw the pretty ladies and stopped by," he said. "It saved me from having to go downtown" to the Supervisor of Elections office.

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