WILMINGTON — Poll workers are needed locally for the Nov. 6 General Election.
“We are seeking people with excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, critical thinking skills, the ability to work as a team member, enthusiasm for the democratic process of voting, and the energy to withstand a long day,” stated the Clinton County Board of Elections.
All Precinct Election Officials (PEOs) must complete one training session for which they are paid $25. Then, PEOs are paid for Election Day between $101.50 and $146 depending on which job they are assigned.
“Each precinct team works together to set up in the morning and pack up election supplies at the end of the day. Many voting locations have more than one precinct working together, and the spirit of camaraderie and patriotism brings PEOs back to work elections repeatedly.
“Although it is a long day, you will have the opportunity to take breaks and share a potluck meal with your fellow PEOs, and meet and greet voters, friends and neighbors. Under the guidance of your experienced Voting Location Manager, you will feel confident to carry out the necessary duties assigned to you and ensure a safe and secure election for the voters in your polling location,” adds the Clinton County BOE.
PEOs are assigned by party affiliation to ensure a balance within the precinct. PEOs are expected to act as a non-partisan representative of the Board of Elections on Election Day and assist without political bias all voters in the process of voting.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 a PEO will be required to give their time from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
To be a PEO, you must be at least 17 years old and registered to vote in Ohio. You must not have been convicted of a felony. You can’t be running as a candidate in the election you are working.
Physical requirements include the ability to sit for long periods of time, read clearly, listen and interpret information from your precinct team members and voters.
PEOs will not be able to leave the voting location during Election Day, but adequate breaks for meals and restroom will be provided. PEOs organize meals carried in to share with each other. If you have special dietary needs, it’s recommended you pack meals and snacks as you may need them.
A PEO must be available for training for one of the following five dates and times: Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., Wilmington City Hall, Moyer Community Room; or Tuesday, Sept 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., Wilmington City Hall, Moyer Community Room; or Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., Wilmington City Hall, Moyer Community Room; or Tuesday, September 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., Wilmington City Hall, Moyer Community Room; or Thursday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., Wilmington City Hall, Moyer Community Room.