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Mike Long retires at local Administrator of Elections

By: Rebecca Herman
Freelance Writer

In 1996, Mike Long began his journey with the election commission when he was appointed as a commissioner for Johnson County. Long loved the work he was doing as a commissioner so much that when the opportunity came up to work with the election commission he began shadowing Darlene Atwood who was getting ready to retire. He completed his intensive training after shadowing Atwood for two years. Long passed the state certification exam and officially became the Administrator of Elections (AOE).
Working in the Election Office has been exciting for Long who has enjoyed meeting people from all over the state.
“I have met administrators from all over the state – from Mountain City to Memphis. We call each other a lot,” said Long.
Through the years Long has seen and made changes that he feels have bettered Johnson County and helped voters to save money and time.
For many years the business of elections had the same procedure, however with the advancements in technology and social media becoming an everyday tool, Long and the election office have had to learn new procedures, programs, and machinery.
“The process is still the same for voters, but just with updated technology,” said Long.
One of the improvements that Long is most proud of is the creation of a website for citizens of Johnson County to get “the latest up-to-date information on elections and see the official results one day after the election. Anybody can look at the website and see where they vote, and it connects to the state’s website.”

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