Elections office helps voters at Wal-Mart during national event

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 08:45 PM.

Ed Kitchen — who, with Fletcher Williams, helped Julia and Michael Gaskin change their address at the store’s south entrance — said the service benefited voters and poll workers.

"It's nice we can do this now instead of waiting for the election to come along" when there's typically a rush of last-minute update requests, he said.

While other organizations hold periodic voter registration drives, voters often prefer to register with the official county elections office, Richard said.

"We're neutral," she said. "When we're out there, we're not trying to influence voters to register one way or another."

More than 30 poll workersvolunteered to work the four sites at Wal-Marts in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Niceville, Richard said.

"It was the first year we did this. We enjoyed it and the rain held out," Richard said. "We think next year it'll be even bigger because it'll be between the primary and the general elections."

Richard said voters can stop by the Supervisor of Elections office in the Brackin Building in downtown Crestview to register or change their voter information.

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