Ravenna  – The Portage County Board of Elections is seeking energetic, civic-minded area residents to serve their community by becoming poll workers.

While she does not believe the coming year will be as busy as last November’s presidential election, Director Faith Lyon said “Individuals can apply at any time – and we are always looking for good and thoughtful workers.”  The county needs around 600 volunteers to staff the polls at its 62 polling locations on election day.  Added Deputy Director Brad Cromes, “Without good 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 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, April 1st.