Name: Ella Golden
Occupation: Interim supervisor of elections and voter registration for Liberty County
What’s your background? A Liberty County native, Golden is from the McIntosh community. She is a graduate of Draughon’s Junior College in Savannah and Savannah Technical College. Golden has been a Liberty County employee since Oct. 9, 1974. She is married and has four children and 12 grandchildren.
What do you like most about your job? “All of (what I do) is interesting,” Golden said. “I especially enjoy meeting people and working with them.”
What do you least enjoy about your job? “I don’t have an answer.”
Training: Golden said there is no special training required for her position. “It’s more or less on-the-job training,” she said.
Golden was appointed to her position more than a year ago by the seven-member Liberty County Board of Elections. Stephen Mullice is the chairman.
“We have a board, and it’s the board’s decision (whether the interim title is taken away),” Golden said. “Of course, I would like it to be permanent.”
She said her main responsibility is to ensure that Liberty County voters follow the voting guidelines mandated by the Georgia secretary of state office.
What is the best thing about your job? “Seeing so many people come out and vote,” Golden said.
A record 16,475 Liberty County residents voted in the November general election. That’s 69.9 percent of the county’s registered voters.
“That was really, really wonderful,” Golden said. “It didn’t matter who they voted for as long as they came out and voted. This is a privilege for the people. I am just so happy they exercised their privilege.”
Among the most gratifying things for Golden during the November elections was being able to have advance or early voting in Midway on Oct. 29. That gave Liberty County two places to vote early; the other was downtown.
“Advance voting went smoothly, and so did the voting on the regularly scheduled day,” Golden said.
Is there anything unique about your job that people may not know? Despite the end of the election season, Golden is still plenty busy.
“We still have (voter) registration forms we have to enter in a computer,” Golden said. “We’re also precincting — making sure people (are voting) in the right district.”
Some people may not realize that Golden and her fellow employees with the board of elections have to be politically neutral.
“This office is non-political,” she said. “We don’t advertise. There is no campaigning within 150 feet of the office.”