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Election Day Brings Familiar Face to Forefront

Primary Election Day can act as one in which some officials take one step closer to their most heralded day. For Fran Tucker, no matter who wins or loses, each Election Day acts as a special day for her.

Tucker, a retired member of Reader’s Digest’s accounting department, has been working the polls for 12 years, and currently stands as the chairperson of District Five located in the Bedford Hills Community House. She greatly looks forward to helping those she knows of her community, which she has been in for over 50 years.

“It’s a lot of fun since it’s in our own neighborhood. We know a lot of the people. It makes for a very interesting day.”

One of the qualities that shines from Tucker is her appreciation of the minute, yet very helpful, gestures to help voters get through their experience.

“You have to welcome a person with a smile, because people are still uncomfortable with the system. It’s more active than it used to be. They have to go over to fill out paperwork, then come over here, submit their ballots and enter them into the machine.”

Tucker’s official title might be chairperson, but to some in the room, she is also seen as the parental figure.

“Fran is like our mother; she knows everything. And when it’s quiet she also hears our problems,” says Sharon Buchs, the Plan B Machine Elections Inspector. “She’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Any questions we have, we go to her.”

Linda Schultz, the chairperson of the Plan B Machine at Bedford Hills, agrees.

“She’s a cool bird, to say the least,” Schultz said.

The cool bird will most likely keep her post for the near future, even though each election morning she feels, if only for a moment, like that day is the last one.

“I keep saying every year is my last because I don’t like getting up at four! But you know, I’d be very lost if I wasn’t here on a primary election day because I get to see all my neighbors and friends, and it’s something you don’t get to do every day.”

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