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Monday, Mar 30, 2015

Adopt-a-Precinct program launched

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Most people are familiar with the nation's Adopt-a-Road program, which seeks to solicit residents and business owners to help remove litter from streets.

But Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson has put her own twist on the program and launched a new initiative called "Adopt-A-Precinct."

The program is geared toward people from local service organizations who want to raise money for their cause and do their civic duty as a poll worker.

The elections office will provide the training. Club members will attend the mandatory trainings and then staff a precinct on Election Day.

They are paid the same wage as any citizen serving as a poll worker, but Adopt-A-Precinct participants will agree in advance to donate their Election Day earnings to their designated organization.

Anderson will present a check to the service organization following the election.

"Innovative programs such as Adopt-A-Precinct will help foster the community service spirit while helping us fill the need for dedicated, service-driven poll workers," Anderson said in a press release. "I am excited to offer a program that has the potential of putting thousands of dollars back into the community as charitable donations. The group provides the people, we provide the training, and together we will 'Promote the Vote.'?"

Groups, organizations or churches interested in learning more about the Adopt-A-Precinct Program can call (352) 754-4125 or email

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