Meet the Supervisor
Margie C. Laramore
Margie's career in elections began in 1997 when she was hired to serve as chief deputy supervisor of elections in Calhoun County. She was elected to office in November 2004. She has received over 250 hours of specialized elections training since her election to office and is a State-Certified Supervisor of Elections.
A “military brat,” Margie lived in Germany for three years during her childhood while her father served in the U.S. Army. Considering her father’s military service and the service of several other close family members (including her father-in-law, Willard “Gene” Laramore, having been a prisoner of war in Germany in Stalag 7A during World War II), she made it a personal endeavor to implement the “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program in Calhoun County shortly after she was elected in 2004. Our local families have embraced this national, voluntary program with great enthusiasm, providing over 450 photographs of veterans to hang on the Veterans Honor Wall in the Calhoun County Courthouse. The wall continues to grow and is personally special to everyone in the Elections Office.
State laws for early voting and voter services put a huge strain on the tiny office in the basement in the courthouse, and Margie knew that if the voters of Calhoun County were to be served according to their needs and expectations -- and also ever-changing state laws -- something had to be done to increase the area of the office. Working with Ruth Attaway, Calhoun County’s clerk of court, she was able to secure labor from the Department of Corrections to help with construction to make room for the future of elections in Calhoun County at a very low cost. Adjoining walls were knocked down to incorporate an underused hallway and unused offices. Now, with the office space approximately doubled, there’s room to squeeze in storage for the twice as many voting machines that the state now requires of its county elections offices and provide the very popular early voting service during elections. This would have been impossible in the previous office space under current law.
Margie and her staff have gone into the county’s high schools and registered over 200 students to vote. Not only is this a state law requirement, but it is also a big convenience for the students since many of them need proof of voter registration to apply for college and scholarships. Margie feels strongly that a big part of the high-school registration process includes educating the students on the importance of learning about the candidates and issues and voting, not just filling out a voter registration application. She has also had groups of students visit the office for voting-machine demonstrations.
Margie was born in the Abe Springs community of Calhoun County to the late John L. ("J.L.") and the late Olie Emma Coxwell. She is the sister of the late John "Andy" Coxwell of Blountstown. Margie is married to Tim Laramore, an employee of the W.T. Neal Civic Center. She and Tim reside in the Chason community with a yardful of pets: dog Moca; and cats Fireball and Liberty Belle and that couple's kittens Midas and Bashful.