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Walker Co. needs workers for November elections

July 06,2016 20:01

Voters soon will be heading back to the polls and local officials are trying to get organized for the November election. In anticipation of a large turnout, the Walker County Elections Department is actively seeking citizens to serve as election ...



Voters soon will be heading back to the polls and local officials are trying to get organized for the November election.In anticipation of a large turnout, the Walker County Elections Department is actively seeking citizens to serve as election workers during early voting and on Election Day."The Secretary of State's Office is predicting a record voter turnout in November and we are planning ahead by increasing the number of election workers at each poll location," Walker County election officer Diana McRae said. "We are always looking for people who are willing to give up their time to help out with elections.
"When people go into vote, they only see three or four people working at that polling location and might not realize how many people we actually need to pull off elections," McRae added. "Take for instance this November for the presidential election, we will have more than 100 workers whether they are working early voting, the polls on Election Day or receiving clerks at election central on election night."In an effort to recruit more citizens to help, McRae asked the Walker County Commissioners Court last year to raise the hourly pay for election workers. The court approved to increase election worker wages to $9 per hour and $10 for election judges, both up from $8."I was very appreciative of the support received by Commissioners Court relating to the election worker pay increase," McRae said. "Citizens in our community that volunteer as election workers not only work long hours for weeks during early voting and 14 to 15 hours on Election Day, but also commit to several hours of mandatory training as well."With joint elections, which increase the complexity of elections, the responsibilities and duties of election workers and the presiding judges have increased substantially."I want to take this opportunity to thank all the citizens in Walker County that have ever worked as an election worker. We couldn't hold elections without you and we appreciate your service to our community."
To be eligible to work elections, citizens must be registered to vote in Walker County; must have good computer and customer-service skills and enjoy meeting people and serving the public. The work includes setting up election locations; qualifying and checking in voters using electronic poll books; providing assistance to voters; ensuring that all laws are followed and the election process is honest and organized; and returning all required forms and equipment to election headquarters.All election workers must complete training before qualifying to work during early voting or on Election Day, which is scheduled and provided (at no cost to the worker) by the Walker County Elections staff.Anyone interested in becoming an election worker can contact the Walker County Voter Registration/Elections Department at (936) 436-4959 for more information.

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