After eight years at the head of the local voting board and about five decades of working local elections, Donald Glover is stepping down to spend more time with family.
Glover, who served as board chairman, recently made his announcement and was honored by Forsyth County Commissioners for his work as chairman. He took on the role of chairman in 2010 but his experience with elections goes back even further.
“I have been involved in elections since the late ’60s, although I don’t have proof of that, but I do have proof of ’74 when I managed a precinct. I had worked as poll worker several years before that,” Glover said. “The only time I took off was when I was an elected official in the early ’80s.”
He said part of the reason was two of his children had moved back to the area, along with a new grandchild and great-grandchild.
“I’ve got a lot of reasons to be with family more and just didn’t see the reason for me to stay in an occasionally stressful [position],” Glover said.
Along with personal matters, Glover said he was also influenced to step down due to upcoming changes to state election systems.
“Basically, I could have stayed on but [with] the complications of all this election that we could foresee for quite some time ahead, I felt like it would be best if I stepped aside now if I was going to do it in the next couple of years anyway to give the person that replaces (me) a good while for a learning curve before the 2020 elections,” Glover said.
Glover said he didn’t know who would replace him on the board as those who apply are considered by a grand jury, which narrows the finalists to three. Of those three, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley approves a finalist, who must be approved by commissioners.
One of Glover and the department’s biggest recent accomplishments is the new voter registration building on Sawnee Drive, which opened in February and was used in this year’s election cycle.
“We’ve got a new building, which I was very interested in,” Glover said. “I designed the basic layout of the interior because you turn it over to an architect and they never know how you are going to use them. We got it to the point of a user-friendly design and the architect took it over from there.”
Glover said he also owes thanks to those that worked with him as board members over his term and for the county staff. He said all had a role in how well local elections are handled.
“I think our board is very good. We have a good cross-section of thought processes and dedication. They’re very dedicated,” he said. “Then the staff, I couldn’t say enough about how dedicated they are. They will work whatever hours and whatever job that has to be done.”
Citing issues and lawsuits from other counties this year, Glover said he believes Forsyth County sets itself apart due to the training of poll workers and employees.
“I take it back to the training program,” Glover said. “There’s a certain amount of training required by the legislation that created the latest system, but you could go by your own idea about the training and fudge it a little bit, I’m sure, and just not do a good training program. That’s one thing that has made me so comfortable in holding this position, we have had a totally good training program.”