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Poll worker shortage in Hamilton County

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With Ohio’s primary election next week, the Hamilton County Board of Elections is running short on poll workers.

There is currently a need for about 200 poll workers, said Sherry Poland with the Board of Elections.

Poland said democrat poll workers are especially needed in Harrison, Anderson, Green and Whitewater townships. The city of Cincinnati, Lincoln Heights, Lockland and Sharonville need Republican workers.

The position pays $181 to $215.

“Many of our poll workers are retired and they are snowbirds. They go to Florida this time of year, so they’re not here to conduct the election,” said Poland.

Poll workers must be registered voters and available to work a four-hour training court, the Monday night prior to Election Day and Election Day.

Election officials are looking to usher in a new generation workers to the polls.

“What we’re trying to do is pair them up with a younger generation that just are a little more familiar with today’s technology,” said Poland.

The Board of Elections is looking for companies to help incentivize working the polls by offering employees paid days off to become election officials.  

Information and applications also can be found at the BOE website.

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