Ravenna – The Portage County Board of Elections is seeking energetic, civically-minded area residents to serve their community by becoming poll workers.
With the coming year’s elections for governor and other statewide offices, the need is critical. “We need thoughtful, respectful people to work the polls now more than ever,” Director Faith Lyon said. The county needs around 600 volunteers to staff the polls at its 62 polling locations on election day. Added Deputy Director Brad Cromes, “Without strong poll workers, we simply could not do what we do – they’re the backbone of our operation.”
To become a poll worker, applicants must be registered to vote in Portage County, have no felony convictions, and read and speak English clearly. Duties include setting up the polling location, answering voter’s questions about the process, and assisting voters with voting equipment. “If you can work a bank ATM, you can assist with the voting machines,” Lyon said.
Poll workers are paid $120 for their work on election day and $20 for attending a two-hour training, available on nights and weekends. Workers who return election supplies to the Board office on election night receive an additional $5.
To apply to become a poll worker, residents can visit the Board’s website at http://www.co.portage.oh.us/election and download an application or call the office directly at 330-297-3511. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 31st.