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County seeking poll workers

September 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Board of Elections is looking for reliable people to work the polls on Nov. 6.

Diane Gribble, board of elections director, said there are 82 precincts in the county, each needing four poll workers. A couple of the larger precincts require six workers, she said. The larger precincts also can include a receiving clerk that tells voters where they can check in.

Poll workers receive about two hours of training before each election. The two and half hours of training will be held Oct. 24-27 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

The presiding judge is paid $121.50 and a regular judge gets $111.50. The presiding judge also receives a mileage reimbursement. The presiding judge is responsible for getting the election supplies to the polling place and back to the board of elections and for bringing the ballots in for counting after the election.

Poll workers start about 5:30 a.m. on Election Day and remain at the polls until after polls close at 7:30 p.m.

The board of elections will allow high school seniors, who are at least 17 years old and registered to vote, to work the polls, Gribble said.

"We need dedicated, reliable workers," said Daria Mackey, a county board of elections employee. "We have a lot of poll workers that we can count on time after time. We are looking for people who will make a permanent commitment to work the polls."

Gribble said, "It is a job. They need to show up."

Mackey said it is difficult to get last-minute replacement workers if someone fails to show up to work the polls on Election Day.

Anyone interested in working the polls can contact the board of elections at (740) 283-8522.

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