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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 10:35 am, Mon Feb 17, 2014.

Kathryn Bradley believes residents should take advantage of their right to vote.

Bradley, a deputy voter’s registrar in Bell County, said she’s registered more than 4,000 voters since starting in 2008.

“I lend myself to helping others,” Bradley said, adding her Christian faith is her inspiration behind volunteering.

She said she’s the first African-American to serve as an election clerk during early voting in Bell County.

“I’ve been here almost 30 years and every time I go to vote, it’s all Caucasians or Hispanics (working),” she said. “But this is the first time they had an African-American. It didn’t mean anything to me, but it might have meant something to (others).”

Shelley Coston, Bell County clerk, said there are hundreds of election workers like Bradley who assist during elections and the county is “very glad and fortunate” to have Bradley helping them.

“She has a wealth of information and is very good with the public,” Coston said.

Bradley, who describes herself as a people person, has set up booths at the Killeen Mall, Harker Heights Activities Center and local H-E-Bs, Walmarts and Walgreen's to encourage others to vote.

“I’ve been a poll-watcher. I was an election judge,” she said. “I’ve done everything.”

More than 86,000 ballots were cast in Bell County during the 2012 presidential election. The 58 percent turnout among registered voters ranked among Bell County’s highest.

It’s important for people to register to vote so they have the power to be heard, Bradley said. “They can’t voice their opinions at the poll if they’re not registered.”

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