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The "Hat Lady" works her 20th year at the polls

by Jamie Grey

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Many of the election workers in Dubuque County have been doing this for decades, remembering working when presidents like Reagan, Nixon, or Carter were elected. One election day worker, Jill Rokusek, has been bringing smiles to Dubuque voters for twenty years.

If you voted at the Y Community Building in Dubuque, you probably noticed Rokusek, a greeter dressed up in red, white and blue from head to toe. Rokusek is known as the Hat Lady of Dubuque and the Tri-States. She always dresses for the occasion, and election day is no exception.

"I wear a hat everyday. You never see me without a hat," Rokusek said. Rokusek owns around 300 hats.

This election day, Rokusek helped voters figure out where to go to vote and also issued the "My vote counted" stickers to voters.

"It just makes me happy to have so many people come in, and I've had so many people thank me for working at the polls," Rokusek said.

Like many of the longtime election workers, working the polls from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. is tiring, but always fun.

"Every election year is exciting because you are part of who comes into office for four years and it makes you feel good that you're a part of that," Rokusek said.

Rokusek is sure there will be records broken in this election as the line to vote was out to the sidewalk on Tuesday morning. Don't worry if you missed her this time, the Hat Lady will be back in red, white, and blue next time.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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