Franklin County’s oldest poll worker continues 64-year tradition

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Gylde Marsh started working as a poll worker in 1952, the same year Dwight Eisenhower became president.

One place you can count on this 98-year-old being on Election Day is volunteering at the voting polls.

“I have only missed one time, one election,” said Marsh.

Marsh says he’s interest in politics is all because of his late wife Margaret. This World War II veteran says she was a political animal.

“Working in the polls, she insisted I do that. I bet that I’ve driven more stakes putting in these signs than anyone else in Franklin County because my wife insisted I do it,” Marsh said.

He says it was his wife who started his political career, first serving on the board of education in New Albany and now currently as a city councilman for over 20 years. He will never tire of volunteering at the polls. 

“It’s a social event that these people come out and meet neighbors and other people that they never would meet if it wasn’t for standing in line for the election,” he said.

Marsh was recognized in 2014 for his public service by the Ohio House of Representatives.

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