Carolyn Arnold has been a poll worker for Hillsborough County for over 50 years. She started working in the polls in 1952. She retired in 2010.

Carolyn Arnold has been a resident of Seffner for 39-years. She has six children, 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great- great grandchildren.  She loves the Lord and her family. She’ll tell you both have been good to her. She will also tell you she is proud of an accomplishment she has achieved. She has been working for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections as a poll worker for over 50 years. That is the longest of any poll worker in the county.

“I began being a poll worker because I wanted to be more involved in politics,” Arnold said.

Arnold began in 1952 as a poll worker. She’s held various positions such as clerk, assistant clerk and then finally an inspector. She retired in 2010. She will be 88 years-old in July of this year. Being a poll worker is a very important part of the election process and Arnold did her job with pride.

Linda Earnest, Manager of Poll Workers Services, said that Arnold was a dedicated and personable poll worker.
“She has gone above and beyond in whatever task she was requested to do, with a great wit and lots of customer service,” said Earnest.

Arnold has seen a number of changes over the years in the polling process and she adapted to those changes without any difficulties. Dr. Earl Lennard, Supervisor of Elections for Hillsborough County, is grateful for all of Arnold’s hard work and commends all of the county’s poll workers for their efforts.

“For over 50 years Carolyn Arnold has been performing the highly civic task of being a poll worker,” Lennard said, “She is to be commended for not only her dedication, but also for her devotion in participating in the election process.”

Arnold said she hopes more people become involved with poll working, especially young people.
“It helps them to know more about their country and it also gives them a chance to speak their minds,” Arnold said.
She hopes that more people become poll workers because she feels we were all put on this earth to take care of our country.

For more information about becoming a poll worker in the upcoming elections, visit the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections on the web at

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