June 26, 2016

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Help wanted: Poll workers for Nov. 4 election

The Medina County Board of Elections wants to make sure it has enough workers to staff the polling places on Nov. 4.

“This is going to be a very busy election because it’s the gubernatorial election, which is the second largest next to the presidential election,” Elections Director Carol Lawler said. “We want to know we have a full staff of poll workers to make sure everything goes smoothly.”

Poll workers earn $105 for an approximately 14-hour day — 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lawler said the pay, which works out to about $7.50 an hour, hasn’t changed in several years.

Lawler said a minimum of 468 poll workers are needed to staff the county’s 117 precincts.

Four people — no more than two of the same party — will be stationed at each precinct table. Duties include checking identification of voters, handing out ballots, finding voters on the registration list and directing them to where to cast their ballots.

“We have hundreds (of poll workers) in our database now, but not everyone can do it all at once because people’s schedules change from year to year,” Lawler said. “We can always use more poll workers.”

Lawler said the board will send out assignments in mid-August to the workers in their database who then will either accept or decline.

“We try to assign people close to where they live,” she said.

Lawler said the workers also will be paid $10 for a two-hour training session offered morning, afternoon and evening Sept. 10 to 18.

Standby poll workers who accept an assignment but who aren’t needed on Election Day will receive $25.

Lawler said nonprofit organizations also can use the poll-working shift as a fundraising opportunity, by getting a group of members to work at the polls and donate the money they receive to their organization.

“The community service is part of what makes the $105 worth it,” Lawler said.

To sign up to be a precinct election official, call the board of elections office at (330) 722-9278 or sign up at www.boe.co.medina.oh.us.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.

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Katie Anderson covers Medina County government and the city of Wadsworth. She has been with The Gazette since July 2014. Contact her at (330) 721-4012 or via email at kanderson@medina-gazette.com.