Jackie Marbaugh
Jackie Marbaugh

DHI Media Staff Writer


WREN — For over 20 years, Wren’s Jackie Marbaugh has arisen at 5 a.m. on Election Day with the intention of going to the election poll where she is serving to help assist local voters to exercise to their constitutional right to vote.

In addition, Marbaugh’s sister, Sandi Hileman and brother-in-law, Bob Hileman, have served at the polls for over 30 years.

“They say that they’re going to quit but they are always there for the next election,” observed Marbaugh.

Marbaugh began working at the polls at the suggestion of her sister. At first she worked in Wren, but that poll was combined with Willshire and moved to Praise Point Church. Since that is Marbaugh’s home church, it was an easy move for her.

“The State shut down the Wren precinct and sent it to Willshire as the Willshire-Wren precinct,” continued Marbaugh. “I go early, turn on the lights and make sure that everything is taken care of. In fact, I go Monday to help set up some things in advance.

“After the votes have been counted, we lock the place up and leave,” said Marbaugh.

Marbaugh said that working the poll is very meaningful to her because it means that she is representing her country.

“A lot of people don’t like to do it; I love representing my country this way,” noted Marbaugh.

“I enjoy this because there are some people who come that we haven’t seen in a year,” continued Marbaugh. “Occasionally there is a disadvantage because someone speaks to me in the middle of the election and says, ‘hey, you know me’.”

Marbaugh stressed that following state regulations by the letter of the law is extremely serious.

“This is all something that we have to do,” continued Marbaugh. “If we do anything wrong we could be in trouble.”

Marbaugh moved to Wren from Willshire in 1993. She was the last graduating class of Willshire High School. She noted that she had worked for Central Mutual Insurance for 44 years.

“This year is probably going to be one of the most frustrating years because we don’t know what is going to happen,” noted Marbaugh. “You don’t normally think about what could happen in a small town, but this is a different year.

“We’re a little more alert this year,” continued Marbaugh. “Our election trainer told us to be extra alert this year. We are going to be monitoring inside and outside on the property.”