Columbus — Wanted: 35,000-plus registered Ohio voters willing to work more than 12 hours in one day, for about 100 bucks, helping to bolster our democracy in the process.
If you fit that bill, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted and local elections officials want to talk to you — soon — as they gear up for the coming November presidential election and polling places across the state that need to be staffed.
Husted, Democratic Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and other officials launched a new website (www.DayForDemocracy.com) Sept. 19, with hopes of recruiting thousands of Ohioans. They’re also urging companies and nonprofits to consider promotional efforts to allow their employees to spend Nov. 8 working at the polls.
There are nearly 9,000 precinct polling places in Ohio. Poll workers will put in a long Election Day — the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“It’s an enormous undertaking to run an election, and particularly a presidential election, as we experience such high voter turnouts,” Husted said. “We need more than just bodies at the polls. We need people with good attitudes that are properly trained. We want to create a great experience for every voter that comes out to vote on election day.”
He added, “The poll worker is the face of democracy in America. The poll worker is the person that will create the experience for ever voter in the state that turns out on Election Day.”
Registered voters are eligible to serve as poll workers. There’s also a state program that enables high school seniors (age 18 and up) to participate.
The website includes information about working the polls, along with an online application process and training and recruitment materials.
Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @ohiocapitalblog.