An 82-year-old Kossuth woman carried on a strong family tradition of serving at the polls to help Auglaize County voters.
Emaline Core followed in the footsteps of her father, her brother and her husband serving as a poll worker in Salem Township. Her retirement after 44 years was recognized by the Auglaize County Elections Board and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday with a proclamation.
“She was a really dedicated and loyal worker all these years,” Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said. “I’m sure she’s seen a lot of changes and we appreciate her dedication.”
Campbell said Core’s one of the longest serving poll workers they are aware of in the county.
In the proclamation, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted commended Core for her dedicated public service and a representative of his office presented her with a certificate of commendation as a small token of gratitude and in sincere admiration for her tireless efforts.
“By investing significant time, knowledge and resources, she has devoted tireless hours to the Auglaize County Board of Elections,” Husted said in the proclamation.
“The accomplishments and consistent successes of Emaline Core are testaments to what can be done for the lives of others and for our communities,” he said. “The deserved recognition she has received is an inspiration to others for what they can achieve with similar, exemplary attitude, dedication and spirit.”
In the proclamation, Husted said Core’s good works of public service should stand as a measure for those who follow, inspiring them to believe in and work for the many freedoms guaranteed by our democratic form of government, fostering a democracy that endures in strength and character for all its citizens.
Core, a Republican who began working the polls at age 38, in 1967, served during the terms of nine presidents and assisted with 12 presidential elections.
But she didn’t find any type of election any more important than another.
“They were all something to be looked forward to,” Core said.
While she said Franklin D. Roosevelt, who took office when she was 4, is the first president she remembers and Ronald Reagan, who served during the 1980s, is the one Core recalls as the most popular president, at least in her mind.
Core said it was time for her to retire so she could stay home and care for her husband, Jack, who has been ill.
She said she first decided to become a poll worker because she felt it was her civic duty.
“I wanted to help out any way I could,” Core said.
She stayed with it for so many years because she said she enjoyed meeting the people and working with the other poll workers.
“It was a day of fellowship,” Core said. “I will miss it.”
She said the way things are done has changed a lot since she first started the job and ballots were counted by hand.
“It took hours and hours of making marks,” Core said.
While the job wasn’t one she did for the money, she said the pay also has increased through the years.
Regardless, it was something she enjoyed and something she would keep doing if she could.