County Election Director retires
A retirement open house to honor County Elections Director Marlene Jensen took place on Friday, March 17, in the elections office in the Bingham County Courthouse.
Jensen said, “Forty years ago, I started working in elections. I started as a demonstrator and traveled from polling place to polling place to show people how to vote using a punch card.”
Idaho used a punch card system at that time.
In 2000, Jensen was hired for three months to work as a deputy clerk in the County Clerk’s office to help with elections. Seventeen year later, she is now retiring.
“I love my job because it’s different every day,” she said. “The taxing districts change; there are changes to state issues and new legislation. The state rewrites its manuals; therefore, we rewrite our manuals. Every day is different; it’s never boring.”
Jensen commented, “I’ve been able to work with election workers and deal with voters; those who come into our office to register and those who are excited and voting for the first time.