Poll worker training classes have been scheduled for the November 5 general election.
The first training class for new poll workers is scheduled for Monday, October 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Longview Center, located at 1495 W. Longview Avenue in the upper level classroom.
This class will consist of an overview presentation of the election process with a hands-on demonstration of the proper way to set up the voting equipment. Compensation for attending this training in the amount of $25.00 is included with the worker’s check for working on election day.
The second training class for new poll workers is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the lower level classroom at the Longview Center. This class will consist of learning how to use the electronic poll books and a review of other specific procedures in detail.
Workers should attend both classes in order to receive the necessary training to be able to work the polls on election day. The compensation for this class will be $35, which is also payable on the paycheck for working the polls.
Poll workers are compensated at the rate of $105 for regular judge/clerks, $115 for presiding assistants, and $125 for presiding judges for this November election.
The compensation for working the polls will increase for each election starting in 2014.
Poll workers are required to assist with the set-up of the polling location on the Monday preceding an election. They are also required to work on election day from 5:30 a.m. until the close of polls at 7:30 p.m. and are required to stay until all the equipment has been dismantled and packed for transport.
Qualifications include the ability to lift the voting equipment, general clerical skills, and the ability to follow directions and work well with the public and co-workers. Poll workers must be a registered voter within Richland County.
Voters who are interested in receiving this training and working on election day should contact the board office from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 419-774-5530 to register, as class size is limited.