CAMDEN — The League of Women Voters of Maine, the Midcoast Chapter, brought some small gifts to town office staff in Camden and Rockport April 12 to thank them for the important election work they do.

The league’s delegation brought tulips and homemade cookies to the town clerks and deputy clerks and tax collectors. They also offered thanks to all of the election volunteers and other staff in towns that keep elections free to all.

The event was part of a national “Thank Election Heroes Day” effort.

The delegation included Donna Janville, Amy Fischer and Debbi Hitchings. They brought the items of thanks to Rockport Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw and to Camden Town Clerk Katrina Oakes and deputy clerks Liz Lowe and Kendall Espinosa. Hitchings made the cookies.

Janville said it is very important to recognize how town election officials handle elections.

“They are always reliable,” she said.

The League is concerned with protecting free and fair elections and voters’ rights, but they also stressed it is a nonpartisan organization.

Similar efforts were underway to thank town clerks and others in municipal offices in Rockland and Thomaston.

Oakes said the work is a team effort and she could not do it without the help of her staff and Camden’s wonderful volunteers.

The Midcoast Chapter of the League of Women Voters has about 44 members.

The timing was appropriate. Oakes noted that she had just received the first request for an absentee ballot.

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