Butler, Warren elections boards don’t fire poll workers for not voting

Poll workers in Butler and Warren counties don’t have to worry about being fired for not regularly voting, unlike the scores of poll workers in Hamilton County.

According to news reports, more than 100 poll workers, also known as precinct election officials, were fired this week because they did not cast a ballot in 2013 and 2014.

Butler County Board of Elections does not follow that practice, said Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro.

“State law requires that precinct election officials be (registered voters), not active voters,” she said. “We certainly encourage our poll workers to vote, and prefer to appoint those who are regular voters, but it is not a requirement to be a poll worker in Butler County.”

Warren County elections director Brian Sleeth said they do not have a policy requiring poll workers to vote, but if they are working and voting in a primary election — which are held during even-numbered years — “they need to vote the party that they originally agreed to represent when hired. We always encourage our poll workers to vote each and every election.”

Party affiliation is determined during primary elections.

Butler County had 1,136 poll workers on Election Day this past November while Warren County had 700 poll workers.

Butler County pays its precinct election officials $163 per election, including training, and designated judges are paid $183 per election, including training and mileage reimbursement. Location supervisors in Butler County are paid $500 per election.

Warren County pays precinct election officials $146.30 per election, including training, and voting location managers $166.30, including training and mileage reimbursement.

In the November 2014 general election, only 37.42 percent — 88,508 out of 236,500 registered voters — cast a ballot in Butler County. The turnout was slightly higher percentage wise in Warren County, 40.86 percent — or 60,050 out of 146,979 registered voters — had a ballot counted in last year’s general election.

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