Wayne County Residents Inducted into PA Voter Hall of Fame

Published 08/28 2014 04:40PM

Updated 08/28 2014 08:07PM

It was a special day Thursday for more than a dozen people in Wayne County.

After voting in 50 consecutive fall elections, they were all inducted into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame.

The permanent Voter Hall of Fame is located in Harrisburg and it has inductees from all over the commonwealth.

In Wayne County, commissioners and the elections director like to make a big deal of the milestone given the traditional low-voter turnout that is typically seen in many elections.

"It's kind of a highlight of your life to be honored for doing this," John Marshall of Honesdale said.

A total of 13 people were honored this year.

Many of the honorees say they have just been doing their civic duty.

"If you want good government, you've got to vote for it and make sure you get your man in there," Robert Mikulewicz of Prompton said.

Many of the inductees say it wasn't easy to reach the milestone. They've had to vote in bad weather, while sick and one even made it his mission to vote overseas.

"I was the elections officer on board a Navy ship and I made sure that we voted even when we were in Japan," Maurice F. Meagher of Honesdale said.

The group hopes they can inspire the younger generation to follow in their footsteps.

The inductees say they've seen many elections decided by just one vote.

"That last vote is very important and it might be yours, who is the winning vote," Joan Marsh of Bethany said.

"We have to have the best people in office making decisions for us, that are going to impact our lives in the long run," Meagher said.

Each of the inductees Thursday was given certificates and citations from Governor Tom Corbett, the Pennsylvania Senate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Wayne County Commissioners.

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