Poll workers needed in Wood County for Oct. 7 vote

PARKERSBURG — Alternate poll workers are needed for the Oct. 7 statewide special election on the Roads to Prosperity Amendment of 2017, which will authorize the state to issue up to $1.6 billion in bonds for road projects over the next five years.

To be eligible, a poll worker must be a registered Wood County voter, read and write the English language, not be a candidate on the ballot in the election in the precinct where serving as a poll worker or be the parent, child, sibling or spouse of a candidate and not have been convicted of an election law violation.

Poll workers will be required to attend one of three training sessions 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 in city council chambers at the Parkersburg Municipal Building. Parking is available in the county parking lot beside the Blennerhassett Hotel.

A makeup training session will be held 10 a.m-noon Sept. 30, but is for emergencies only.

Poll workers are to arrive at the polling place at 5:30 a.m. and remain there until polls close at 7:30 p.m.

Jobs on election day include poll supply commissioner, who obtains supplies the day before the election and returns them election night. The pay is $175 for election day plus mileage, $25 for training and $25 for the supply runs.

Poll clerks check voter registration information and issue ballots to voters. They are paid $175 for election day and $25 for training.

The poll commissioner sits at the ballot box, confirms the ballot numbers with poll stubs and strings the ballot stubs. Rate of pay also is $175 for election day and $25 for training.

The escort commissioner accompanies the supply commissioner to return the precinct supplies and receives an additional $10 for that duty in addition to the $175 to work election day and $25 for training.

For the Oct. 7 election, voters will be using paper ballots instead of the electronic voting machines. Every poll worker job will be different for this election; training for all jobs will be offered in every class.

For more information, contact the the Wood County Clerk’s Voter Registration office at 304-424-1860 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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