Gretchen Reinemeyer

Gretchen Reinemeyer is director of elections in Arlington.

Despite lingering public-health concerns, Arlington is unlikely to face a shortage those who staff polling places on Nov. 3.

County residents have “really stepped up – we have received so many applications for pollworkers,” county elections chief Gretchen Reinemeyer told delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation on Sept. 8.

“We could not ask for better support,” she said of the public’s response. “We should be OK.”

Despite expectations that many ballots will be cast early – either by mail or in person – all 54 county precincts will be fully staffed to accommodate voters from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

County election officials already have had two trial runs, conducting a Republican U.S. Senate primary in late June and a County Board special election in early July.

Those, coupled with an ever-changing set of election legislation coming out of Richmond, has resulted in “a wild ride,” Reinemeyer acknowledged.

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