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November 5, 2013

In Salem, Election Day is all in the family

Three generations of Cunninghams work polls in Ward 4, Precinct 2


Although the Cunninghams may have the strongest link to a single precinct, there are many other couples and families who work together at the same polling place on Election Day.

Just to name a few, Margaret O’Brien and her mother, Elizabeth Fleming, are poll workers in Ward 1, Precinct 1; Joseph Szymanski and his wife, Barbara, are in 1-2; Cynthia and Maria Robinson, 2-1; Lou and Paula Malionek, 3-1; Janice and Winifred Condon, 5-1; Eugene and Florence Marchand, 5-2; Norman and Ann Michaud, 5-2; Stephen and Anita Pszenny, 7-1; and Rita and Manuel Pires, 7-2.

In all, more than 100 locals work the polls on Election Day, most of whom are not related. Each polling place has a warden, a clerk, inspectors and others who help out.

“I have an army,” said City Clerk Cheryl LaPointe.

In Salem and other communities, it tends to be a gray army, with the average age around 70.

“They are the sweetest people,” LaPointe said. “I never have to worry about them. They are so faithful, and they love doing this.”

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