Anderson County’s Board of Voter Registration and Elections said the county has an election worker shortage heading into the 2018 primary season.
According to a news release, some precincts across the county only have one or two workers signed up to work the June Primaries.
“Every effort is being made by our Precinct Coordinator, Mellissa Braendle to recruit workers from across the county. She has mailed letters, sent emails, and made posts to social media. Now she is in the middle of a phone campaign. Calling individuals asking them to work.” said, Katy Smith, Executive Director, in a news release. “While these efforts have had some success we are running out of time quickly to get people signed up to work.”
Officials said people can become election workers in just three steps. You must complete the Election Worker Application. The completed application may be emailed, mailed or faxed. It can be found at www.andersoncountysc.org/vote under the Poll Manager Tab. Then make an appointment with the Precinct Coordinator by calling 864-260-4035 to fill out paperwork. Next complete Online Poll Manager Training to become a Certified Poll Manager. At the time of your appointment you will be given access to this training at www.scvotes.org under Poll Workers. This training is convenient and available 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Only requirement is to be completed by the deadline given.South Carolina’s poll managers get paid $75 to work Election Day and $60 for training for a total of $135. Clerks of the polls receive an additional day's pay at $60/day for a total of $195.
“Without citizens stepping up to work the polls democracy suffers. These workers help give people a voice through elections,” Braendle stated.
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